Wizards’ victory spoils Pilots’ home opener
The Watertown Wizards (2-3) beat the Newark Pilots (2-3) by a final score of 3-1 on Friday night at Colburn Park. The loss came in front of a sold out crowd of over 1,600 eager fans who packed the ballpark for the Pilots’ first-ever home contest.
It was a slow start to the game, unlike the first meeting between these the two teams in Watertown on June 9th, which the Pilots won 9-6. Neither team scored until Newark took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth frame.
With runners on second and third, Watertown starter Anthony Buonopane (Furman) threw a wild pitch passed catcher A.J. Capone (St. Rose), allowing Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) to trot home and give the Pilots the one-run advantage.
Watertown struggled through the seven innings Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State) threw. In his second start of the season, Beauchaine fanned six batters and gave up only one hit through his seven scoreless innings of work.
The Wizards came back in the eighth with two runs against Newark reliever Matt Frahm (Lewis). Capone slammed a triple to left-center field, earning the RBI as Pat Talbut (St. Johns) scored from third. Capone later scored on a sacrifice fly to give Watertown a 2-1 lead. Patrick Puentes (Holy Cross) recorded the RBI single in the ninth inning to extend the lead to 3-1.
Tim Sylvester (St. John Fisher) struck out the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth, earning his first save of the season. Ricky Christopher (Niagara) is credited with the win for Watertown with Frahm taking the loss.