Newark, NY —It was a hot one at Colburn Park as the Newark Pilots welcomed the Albany Dutchmen in a non- division contest Tuesday night. Third match up on the seasonas the teams split the first two games. Add on top of this the Pilots had lost four in a row and six of their last seven there was plenty of pressure on Newark starter Jason Yano (Stevens) as he went head to head with Drew Tolson (Baylor).
It was a pitchers duel early until Newark finally got to Tolson in the third. With one out Tommy Wagner (Cornell) knocked a base hit through the left side, the first of his two hits on the night. Derek Reed (Saint Rose) followed Wagner with a infield single in the hole to short. After a fielders choice by Logan Boyer (Columbia) forced out Wagner it was back to back to back RBI singles by Jack Gerstenmaier (Virginia), Braxton Wilks (Kansas St), Tanner Giesel (Southeastern CC) and the Pilots lead 3-0 after three.
The Dutchmen scratched one back in the fifth after Ryan Toomey (Georgetown) and Jake Hanson (Valparasio) lead off the frame with singles. That was the only threat for Yano as he neutralized the damage allowing only an RBI groundout to Will Miller (College of Albemarie).
Newark had an answer to Albany’s run when Giesel crushed an RBI triple to the center field fence which brought home Gerstenmaier, Giesel had three hits on the night to lead the Pilots. Wyatt Padgett (BYU) tacked on an RBI single to bring in Giesel and the led was up to 5-1.
That was more than enough support for Yano as he cruised for his third straight complete game and got stronger as he went on. Yano gave up six hits, struck out three but used his stellar defense behind to get eighteen groundball outs. Yano improved to 2-1 on the season and got the Pilots out of their losing streak.
Newark, now 12-10 on the summer, takes on the Adirondacks Trailblazers tomorrow night at Adirondacks but will return home Thursday night to Colburn Park.