Pilots’ Win Wednesday Ties Series With Amsterdam 1-1

PilotsWinWednesdayTiesSeriesWithAmsterdam1-1ewark recovers from embarrassing loss on Tuesday with 4-3 victory
The Newark Pilots (7-7) tied their current three-game series with the Amsterdam Mohawks (6-9) at a game apiece with a 4-3 victory at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.

Mike Saunders (Saginaw Valley State) was impressive through seven and two-third innings on the mound for Newark. The right hander earned his second win of the season, fanning nine Mohawk batters while giving up just two earned runs.

The Amsterdam pitching staff also threw a solid game. Starter Mark Leiter, Jr. (NJIT), gave up two earned runs and struck out five in five full innings of work. Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth) and Bryce Eisenbart (Paradise Valley C.C.) combined for eight more strikeouts in the final four innings. However, Newark took advantage of three errors and two unearned runs en route to the win.

The Pilots, who never trailed Amsterdam on Wednesday, took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the third inning. Ray Delvalle (Kentucky Wesleyan) doubled then scored on the RBI single from Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge). Attl advanced to second base on a wild pitch and third base on a passed ball before scoring on the first Amsterdam error.

The Mohawks cut the deficit to 3-2 in the home half of the sixth when Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) scored on a fielder’s choice from Jude Vidrine (Lamar).

Luke Swenson (UC Santa Barbara) scored what would be the game-winning run on another Mohawk error, this time by Dodakian. Dodakian secured the ball on the infield hit from Newark’s Matt Vera (San Joaquin Delta). Instead of taking the easy out at first, the reliever tried to catch Swenson advancing to third, but overthrew his intended target, allowing Swenson to reach home safely.

Up 4-3 in the ninth, closer Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) struck out two of the three batters he faced, earning his third save without hardly breaking a sweat.

Wednesday’s win was a much better performance from the Pilots than in Tuesday’s 8-0 loss, also in Amsterdam. The Mohawks scored all eight runs in the opening frame following three consecutive errors by the Newark infield.

Fielding errors from Vera at third base, pitcher Nich Boles (Kutztown), and second baseman Delvalle opened the floodgates. Josh Nethaway (Albany) and Taylor Stark (Mississippi State) each recorded two RBI’s on their respective base hits.

Boles only threw one-third of an inning. All seven runs scored by Amsterdam against Boles were unearned due to the errors that started the game. Jim Glasgow (Lewis) came in to stop the bleeding, and pitched the remaining four and two-third innings. The game was cut short after fifth due to the weather.

Kris Barone (Mount Olive) was flawless on the bump for the Mohawks in Tuesday’s win. He gave up only two hits and struck out four in his first victory of the season.

The Newark Pilots and the Amsterdam Mohawks finish their current three-game series with the rubber match at Colburn Park on Thursday. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets for all Pilots’ home games can be purchased in advance at the Newark Wegmans, and those unable to attend home games can listen live on 1420wack.com.