Pilots split Wednesday doubleheader at Victor

Box score: Game 1; Game 2

Mark Martin. Photo by Ben Clemens
Mark Martin. Photo by Ben Clemens

VICTOR, N.Y. – The Newark Pilots earned a decisive victory in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Victor as they split the two-game set at Victor High School.

The Pilots remain in a tie for fourth place in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s (PGCBL) West Division with a 9-11 record, three-and-a-half games behind first-place Elmira (13-9). The RailRiders (9-10) hold a half-game lead above the Pilots in second place.

Game 1, 8-2 Newark

Newark starter Jacob Wloczewski (Binghamton) earned his first win of the season in his fifth start, evening his record at 1-1. He allowed one run on two hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.

Victor’s defense let down starter Peter Lannoo (Cornell), who was tagged with the loss (0-2), by committing four errors in the field. As a result, five of the six runs charged to Lannoo in his five innings of work were unearned.

The Pilots scored three times in the opening frame. Willy Yahn (Connecticut) plated Kyle Norman (San Francisco) with an RBI ground out. Two batters latter, Mark Martin (Le Moyne) doubled home Will Gorman (RIT) before scoring from third on a double steal.

Martin increased the lead to five runs, 5-0, with a solo home run in the third. Both of his homers this season have come against the RailRiders in Victor. He finished Game 1 going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Game 2, 3-2 Victor

The RailRiders scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to overcome an early 2-0 deficit and beat the Pilots to split the doubleheader.

Newark scored three times in the top of the second thanks to a trio of doubles. Blake Valley (San Francisco) led off the inning with a two-bagger and scored on an RBI double from Kevin Biondic (Maryland). With two outs, Corey Lerche (Central Connecticut State) found a gap to plate Biondic.

The Pilots could only muster two hits, both singles, in the remaining five innings.

Former Pilot Joe Simmons (St. John Fisher) tied the game, 2-2, in the fourth with an RBI single. Brady Acker (George Mason) drove in the game-winning run in the fifth with a double of his own.

Patrick Ryan (Iona) was credited with the loss after surrendering three runs on three hits and four walks in four innings. He fell to 0-3 on the season.

Jesse Bogacz (Kenyon) threw five strong innings en route to the win (1-1). He gave up two runs on five hits while striking out five. Chris Kemp (Indiana Univ.-Southeast) earned the save with a perfect seventh inning.