The Newark Pilots (10-7) knocked off Adirondack in low-scoring game, 2-1, at Colburn Park on Saturday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Pilots as the season moves past the quarter-mark.
Chris Sharpe (UMass-Lowell) would lead-off the first inning with a walk before advancing to third after an errant throw on a stolen base attempt. The walk was the 13th drawn by Sharpe this season, which ranks him third in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Sharpe would later score on a sacrifice fly from Chris Whelan (Parkland J.C.) to put Newark up 1-0.
Pilots’ starter Russ Olive (UMass-Lowell) made his third start of the season and pitched masterfully, throwing six shutout innings. Olive kept the Adirondack hitters off balance, allowing four hits and striking out four as well. The left-hander allowed only one Trailblazers’ runner to reach third base in the ballgame.
“I felt like I did a good job of mixing pitches and changing up speeds,” Olive said after his outing. “Today was the first time I felt good throwing my changeup and it really worked out there.”
With one out in the fourth, Whelan would send a triple to left-center field and would later score on wild pitch from the Adirondack starter to give Newark a 2-0 lead. The Pilots offense managed just five hits in the victory.
“Their pitcher was peppering fastballs early in the count all game,” Whelan said after his productive day at the plate. “He grooved me one and I didn’t miss it…We’re just trying to get wins anyway we can, I’m just happy I was the one to come through.”
The Pilots would get scoreless innings of relief from Tysen Fischlin (Skagit Valley C.C.) and Skyler Defer (Northeast Miss. C.C.). Closer Brian Dolan (UMass-Lowell) would allow a run to score on wild pitch in the ninth before striking Paul Piccolino (Pace) with the tying run on at third to end the game.
“Our staff had a great game,” Pilots head coach Chris Edmondson said after the narrow victory. “They threw the ball over the plate and didn’t give up a lot of free passes and that really helped us win this one.”
The Pilots return to action Sunday with an exhibition contest against Rome at 7:05 p.m. In celebration of Father’s Day, all fathers will be granted free admission to Colburn Park.