Pilots capitalize on Victor miscues in 8-4 victory

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Clayton Spiker. Photo by Ben Clemens
Clayton Spiker. Photo by Ben Clemens

NEWARK, N.Y. – The Newark Pilots took advantage of numerous Victor errors as they doubled up the RailRiders, 8-4, Friday night at Colburn Park.

Railriders (8-8) shortstop Chris Lehane (Jacksonville) and starting pitcher Eoin McAvinchey (Saint Leo) combined to produce five errors, resulting in six unearned runs for the Pilots (8-10).

The trouble began in the bottom of the first as McAvinchey threw away a sacrifice bunt attempt by Willy Yahn (Connecticut), allowing Kyle Norman (lead-off single) to score.  Blake Valley (San Francisco) plated Cody Wiktorski (St. John Fisher) to make it a 2-0 lead.

Newark scored a trio of runs in the fourth thanks to a pair Lehane errors. Kevin Biondic (Maryland) reached on the first miscue and scored on the latter. James Baer (Delta) put the home team up 4-0 when he scored from third on a double steal. Kyle Norman (San Francisco) padded the lead with a one-out RBI base knock.

The Pilots tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take what proved to be an insurmountable lead. Will Gorman (RIT) sent the second pitch of the fifth over the wall in right center for a solo shot, his second in as many days. In the sixth, Yahn hit the last of three consecutive two-out singles to plate Norman.

The RailRiders ended the shutout-bid with four runs in the top of the seventh. Newark starter Clayton Spiker (Saginaw Valley State) loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a hit batsman. The fourth batter of the inning, Nick Boland (Saint Leo), hit a chopper right back to Spiker, who had an easy force in front of him at home plate, but Spiker’s wild throw allowed Connor Golden (Marietta) and Nate Ricci (Jacksonville) to trot home safely.  Dale Wickham (Cornell) provided an RBI base knock to cut the deficit to three, 7-4, before a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play ended the frame.

Lehane’s third error of the night put Frankie Gregoire (Marist) on safely in the bottom of the seventh. Gregoire scored on a sac fly from Baer to reach the final tally.

Spiker evened his record at 1-1 with the win. He threw six-plus innings, allowing four runs (two earned) and striking out five. Norman led all batters with three hits and a pair of runs scored.

McAvinchey was the tough-luck loser, surrendering seven runs (two earned) with four strikeouts to fall to 0-1. Fernandez finished 2-for-3 for the RailRiders.

The two teams will complete their weekend home-and-home series with a 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday, June 27 at Victor High School.