Pilots lose both games to Rams
Watertown (8-10) scored two runs in the first inning to defeat visiting Newark (8-11) by a score of 2-1 in the first game of the doubleheader. Jake Jenkins (Pacific) tossed five scoreless innings to pick up the win (1-1) for the Rams while Eddie Emes (PSU Greater Allegheny) took the loss (1-2) for the Pilots. Watertown advanced into first place in the PGCBL West Division.
Watertown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Joe Moroney (Kansas) led off the inning with a triple into the left-center field gap and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).
The two sides remained scoreless until the top of the seventh. Going into the inning, the Pilots trailed two to zero and were down to their final three outs. Taylor Hinshaw (Georgia College) led off the inning with a single. Pilot catcher Coleman Lukas (Pomona-Pitzer) followed with a single of his own. Following a sacrifice bunt by Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer), Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) drove in the lone run of the game for the Pilots with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Cody Culp (Bellevue) then struck out pinch-hitter Scott Matthews (Washington, MD) to end the game.
Watertown starter Jake Jenkins hurled five innings allowing no runs and only allowed five hits to pick up the win. Cody Culp pitched the ninth to record his second save of the season. Newark starter Eddie Emes tossed five innings allowing just two runs.
Joe Moroney finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a triple for Watertown. Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert) posted a 2-for-3 with a double for the Rams. Jacob Boylan (Kansas) and Dominic Lopez both recorded RBIs for the home team.
Max Rosing (Cortland State) finished 2-for-3 for Newark. The aforementioned Jeff Edwards posted a 1-for-2 line with a walk and a sacrifice bunt. Coleman Lukas also went 1-for-2 for the Pilots.
Game two will feature Kevin Klaess (Cypress) pitching for the Rams against Drew Hasler (Valparaiso) for the Pilots.
Watertown (9-10) scored two of their three runs in the first inning to defeat visiting Newark (8-12) by a score of 3-1 in the second game of the doubleheader. Bryce Greager’s (Chandler-Gilbert) 2-RBI double in the first wound up being the game winning RBIs. Kevin Klaess (Cypress) picked up the win (2-1) for the Rams while Drew Hasler (Valparaiso) took the loss (1-2) for the Pilots. With the win, Watertown now has sole possession of first place in the PGCBL West Division.
Watertown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Rams also scored two runs in the first inning of game one. Joe Moroney (Kansas) led off the inning with a single and ensued to steal second base. Fellow Jayhawk Justin Protacio then bunted for a base hit with two strikes. Bryce Greager drove both runners home with a double into the right-center field gap.
Watertown scored a lone run in the third to conclude their scoring on the night. JJ Wagner (Pacific) drilled a 2-out double down the third base line. Austin Lueck (South Florida) then drove home Wagner with a single. Newark got one back in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1. Taylor Hinshaw (Georgia College) led off the inning with a double. Steve Laurino (Marist) then singled to left field. Hinshaw scored on a wild pitch by Kevin Klaess.
Watertown starter Kevin Klaess hurled five innings allowing one run to pick up the win. Logan Grant (Creighton) pitched two scoreless innings to record his first save of the season. Newark starter Ryan Hasler tossed a complete game allowing three runs on seven hits.
Joe Moroney finished 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run for Watertown. Brad Rush (St. John Fisher) also went 1-for-2 for the Rams.
Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) went 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch for Newark. David Vandercook (Columbia) also went 1-for-2 with a walk for the Pilots. Steve Laurino also contributed a 1-for-2 night.
Watertown will travel to Elmira tomorrow for a doubleheader against the Pioneers. The first game is set to begin at 5:05. Newark travels to Glens Falls to play the Golden Eagles with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.