Rundown: The Newark Pilots played the Adirondack Trail Blazers in a double-header in a double-header on Independence Day.
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Last night’s games:
Adirondack 6 Newark 2 Game One
The Adirondack Trail Blazers took game one of a double-header at Colburn Park, 6-2, over the Newark Pilots. The loss drops Newark out of first place in the West Division.
The Pilots jumped on the board first, as Samm Wiggins walked with the bases loaded in the first inning to put Newark ahead 1-0. The Pilots added another run in the bottom of the fourth on a Luis Silverio sacrifice fly. That would be all the scoring for Newark, as the Trail Blazers held the home team to just three hits in the seven-inning contest.
Adirondack grabbed the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning, plating four runs in the half inning. Justin Korenblatt had a 2-RBI single for the first two runs of the inning, Mark Williams added an RBI single and an error by Newark right fielder Dorian Hairston allowed the fourth run of the inning to come across. The Trail Blazers added some insurance runs in the top of the sixth on two RBI groundouts.
Jared Habershaw tossed a scoreless fourth inning and picked up his first win of the season for Adirondack. Christian Doughty relieved Habershaw and hurled three scoreless innings, notching his first save of the season. Andrew Sanders went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and took his fourth loss of the year.
Adirondack 2 Newark 0 Game Two
In the second fastest game in the PGCBL this season, the Adirondack Trail Blazers beat the Newark Pilots, 2-0, to sweep the double-header. The 1:45 contest trails only game one of a double-header between the Watertown Rams and Glens Falls Golden Eagles on July 2 for fastest time. That game was completed in 1:30.
Adirondack starter Rollie Lacy led the Trail Blazers to victory, tossing a complete game shutout. He allowed six hits in the process, but struck out seven and walked just two Pilot batters. The win is Lacy’s second of the season and he has lowered his ERA to 2.37. Newark starter Steve Colella had a quality starter in the loss. The right-hander allowed two runs (both earned) in six innings of work and struck out four.
The Trail Blazers scored lone runs in the fifth and sixth innings, which proved to be more than enough behind Lacy’s performance. In the fifth, Alex Simone singled home Alex Tuccio, who was making his Adirondack debut. The first baseman finished the night 2-for-3 and Simone finished 3-for-3. In the sixth, Alex Lushkevich singled home Matt Burns to make it 2-0.
Adirondack has now won 8-of-10 and now sits at 11-15 after starting the season 3-13. Newark falls to 13-12, but the Pilots are only a game out of first place with 23 games remaining.
Elmira 4 Utica 2
The Elmira Pioneers scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead and went on to beat the visiting Utica Brewers, 4-2. With the win, Elmira now has a share of first place in the West Division.
Utica scored first on a Cedric Mullins RBI fielder’s choice in the top of the third inning. Elmira responded with three runs in the home half to take the 3-1 lead. TJ Dixon doubled home Chris Kalousidian for the first run inning and Dixon came around to score on a Christian Santisteban home run. The long ball was Santisteban’s third of the summer and he now has a league-leading 21 RBIs.
The Brewers scored in the top of the fourth on a Zach Hardy RBI double, scoring Hayden Kelly. Elmira’s final run came in the bottom of the sixth as Dixon scored on a Joey Guaragna sacrifice.
Logan Salow allowed two runs (both earned) in 5.1 innings to pick up his second win of the season for Elmira. The bullpen combination of Brandon Holup, Matt Horton and Tucker Rekucki worked 3.2 innings of scoreless work to preserve the win. Rekucki struck out one in a scoreless ninth to get the save. He now has five saves, tied with Watertown’s Jon Escobar for most in the PGCBL. John McGinty allowed four runs (all earned) in five innings of work as he took the loss. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three batters.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Utica at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
It wasn’t the start to the season that the Amsterdam Mohawks envisioned, going 2-6 to start their defense of the PGCBL championship. But the rest has been anything coach Keith Griffin could have asked for and more. The Mohawks have won 15-of-16 and now sit atop the East Division. They will play host to the struggling 3-21 Utica Brewers on Saturday night at Shuttleworth Park with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Glens Falls at Watertown 7:00 p.m.
The Watertown Rams go into Saturday night’s game against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles tied atop the West Division with the Elmira Pioneers. A night ago, they were tied with the Newark Pilots. The Rams have won 4-of-6 but the two losses in that stretch came at the hands of the Golden Eagles in a double-header at East Field on Wednesday. The two teams will meet again tonight, this time at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown.
Albany at Elmira 7:05 p.m.
With their win over the Utica Brewers last night, the Elmira Pioneers are now tied for first place in the West Division. They have won two games in a row and will play host to the 12-11 Albany Dutchmen on Saturday night. First pitch at Dunn Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Mohawk Valley at Newark 7:05 p.m.
It wasn’t an ideal Independence Day for the Newark Pilots. They played host to the Adirondack Trail Blazers for a double-header but were swept in the twin bill and fell into second place. Tonight they will play host to the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, who have played just two games in six days and are also in second place. First pitch at Colburn Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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