Pilots and Hawkeyes Finish Halted June 24 Game


Game resumed on July 3 with Cooperstown winning 4-3
Back on June 24, the Newark Pilots (8-10) and Cooperstown Hawkeyes (10-6) started a regular season game at Doubleday Field only to have it halted in the sixth inning due to lightning. On Sunday, July 3, Newark traveled back to Cooperstown to finish that game.

The game was originally halted with one out in the home half of the sixth inning. The Pilots held a 1-0 lead after Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) hit a solo homer past the left field wall in the top half of the sixth.

On July 3, Newark returned to Cooperstown to finish the contest. The Hawkeyes tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh when Ben Manlove (Chico State) was walked then scored on a single from Gaby Ramirez (Wagner).

Newark regained the lead with two runs in the eighth. Following a run from Villa on a wild pitch, Edwin Reyes (UAB) hit an RBI single.

The bottom of the eighth inning was all Cooperstown. Danny Nelson (Cal State Monterey Bay) tripled to center field, scoring two runs to tie the game. Nelson then scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly from Ben Miller (Shippensburg).

Mike Saunders (Saginaw Valley State) gave up all four runs after coming in to relieve college teammate Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State), who started that game over a week earlier for Newark. Reyes recorded half of the Pilots’ six hits with a 3-for-4 effort.

Reliever Terrence Moore (Marshall) earned his first win of the season with Parker Ray (Texarkana) making the save in the ninth. Ramirez finished 2-for-3 for the Hawkeyes.

The regularly scheduled game for July 3 was also called due to the weather. Newark pulled ahead to a 3-1 lead off of a Reyes’ three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, but the umpires called the game “no contest” following a brief rain delay. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on a date to be announced.