Strong Batting Leads Newark Over Mohawk Valley

Photo courtesy of Jon Rathbun/ Little Falls Times

Every batter in the lineup recorded at least one hit, and the Pilots never trailed the DiamondDawgs. Matt Vera (San Joaquin Delta) crushed a two-run long ball over the 373-foot deep left field wall in the second inning to give Newark a 2-0 lead.

Mohawk Valley gave Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) some trouble early. The DiamondDawgs loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with no outs. The Newark starter forced Nic Spence (Cincinnati) to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, but Dave Soltis (Bryant) scored from third, cutting the early deficit to one.

Two consecutive singles in the fourth extended the Newark lead 4-1. Ray Delvalle (Kentucky Wesleyan) drove in Michael Bolling (Lewis) on the latter of the two RBI base hits. Both Bolling and Delvalle finished 3-for-4 on the night.

The Pilots scored two more runs in the fifth, giving D’Amato (St. John Fisher) a five-run cushion. The southpaw threw six full innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He fanned eight to keep him in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s top five in total strikeouts on the season.

Cullen Wacker (Auburn) scored Mohawk Valley’s second run in the sixth on the RBI single from Bryan Bleakley (NJIT).

Newark relievers Alec Clifton (Lindenwood) and Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State) combined for three scoreless innings to end the game and Bolling tagged on the seventh run in the top of the ninth.

Frank Holbrook (Wheaton) fell to 2-3 on the season after pitching four innings and allowing six runs on 10 hits. Bleakley and Mike Fasolo (Mohawk Valley C.C.) each had two hits to lead Mohawk Valley.

The Newark Pilots and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs face off at Colburn Park in Newark on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. on Assemblyman Bob Oaks Night.