Newark, NY — It was a picturesque day at Colburn Park as the sun was shining and not a cloud to be found as the Newark Pilots took on the Watertown Rams. The divisional rivals facing off for the first time of the year as Andrew Sanders (Ithaca) went up against Zander Clouse (Bellevue).
For the second game in a row the Pilots gave up four runs in the first before they even had a chance to grab their bats. After a lead off error came around to score Matt Diorio (Central Florida) launched a two run homerun over the center field wall to take a 3-0 lead as Diorio was just getting his night started. Two batters later it was Dominic Lopez’s (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) turn to crush a solo bomb to right field and the Rams were up early.
The Pilots scratched three back in the third inning with playing some small ball as two sacrifice bunts manufactured runs to make it a 4-3 game with an RBI groundout by Louis Silverio (Palm Beach CC). But Newark couldn’t hold the score there. Watertown scored six unanswered runs as Diorio had a historic night. Diorio just missed another homerun to centerfield by a few feet as it kicked off the top off the wall allowing him to get a triple. He singled in the 5th and completed the cycle in his fourth at bat capping it off in style with a two run stand up double and the lead was up to 10-3.
Heading into the seventh, the Pilots made a run at tying the game up. Newark batted around scoring five runs the big hit being a two run triple by Logan Boyher (Columbia). The tying run was on base but wasn’t able to come around.
The Pilots went quietly in the eighth and ninth and dropped their record to 10-6 as Watertown now moves above .500 at 8-7. These two teams will square off tomorrow in a double header as part of a June 12th rain out.