Newark, NY — Mother Nature set the stage for a beautiful day to play a double header of baseball at Colburn Park on America’s birthday. It was great crowd on hand as the Newark Pilots took on the Adirondack Trailblazers. Pilots sent Andrew Sanders (Ithaca) to the mound in game one as he faced Luke Lorah (Florida Tech) for the Trailblazers.
Newark got on the board first when Sam Wiggins (Houston Baptist) walked with the bases loaded forcing in Jack Gerstenmaier (Virginia) and the Pilots were up 1-0. They added another run in the third when Tommy Wagner (Cornell) lead off the inning with a clean single up the middle before stealing second and third and scoring on an RBI sacrifice fly by Luis Silverio (Palm Beach CC).
It was smooth sailing for Sanders and the Pilots until the wheels fell off in the fifth when the Trailblazers bats came to life for a four run inning, with the help of some fielding miss cues. Adirondack crushed five singles on top of two errors by the Pilots in the big frame. Justin Korenblatt (La Salle) had a two run single to tie the game before coming home on Mark Williams (La Salle) base hit.
Trailblazers added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning and the Pilots went quietly in the final three innings against Christian Doughty (Holy Cross) who picked up his first save of the season as Adirondacks took game one with a 6-2 score.
The nightcap gave us a classic pitchers duel between Steve Colella (UMass- Dartmouth) and Rollie Lacy (Creighton). The only difference between these two right handers on the night is the amount of run support their offense supplied them as the Pilots bats were quiet yet again.
Colella cruised through the first four innings before giving up a double to Alex Tuccio (Siena) who scored the first run of the contest on soft single to center by Alex Simone (LeRoche), who had three hits on the game.
A lead off walk to Matt Burns (Southern Conn. State) cost Colella when he made it 2-0 on an Alex Lushkevich (Albany) single in the sixth inning.
That was all the help that Lacy needed as he went the distance retiring nine of the last ten batters he faced in the shutout, striking out seven to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 final.
The Pilots finish the day with a 13-12 record on the season and the Trailblazers improve to 12-15.