Filed by the Newark Pilots:
It was a busy evening of baseball at Colburn Park as the Newark Pilots and Adirondack Trailblazers had to pick up where they left off from a July 2nd rain delayed contest before playing another nine inning game. The two teams completed two innings before the skies opened up causing the postponement.
With the Pilots as the visiting team in their own home park, lead 2-1 when the game resumed and added to it right away in the top of the third. Jack Gerstenmaier (Virginia) scored Luis Silverio (Palm Beach CC) when he doubled down the right field line and Tanner Giesel (Southeastern CC) added an RBI single as the lead grew to 4-1 in favor of Newark.
The Trailblazers were held in check by Steve Colella (UMass-Dartmouth) until they broke through in a big way in the fifth. It was a four run inning for Adirondacks that sent nine batters to the plate. With one out and the bases loaded for the trailblazers a sacrifice fly by Mike Carter (Rutgers) and back to back to back RBI singles by Matt Burns (Southern Conn. St.), Justin Korenblatt (La Salle), and Alex Lushkevich (Albany) put them in front 5-4.
Samm Wiggins (Houston Baptist) tied the game in the top of the eight when he singled to center and brought Giesel around to score.
The score didn’t remain tied for long as Adirondacks exploded for another four run frame in the home half of the eight. The big hit coming courtesy of Brad Wasikowski (Bucknell) who took an Adam Tidwell (Saginaw Valley) fastball and drove it into the gap in left center that chased home two Trailblazers as they cruised to a 9-5 victory. It was the fourth straight time Adirondacks topped Newark.
The Pilots tried to snap the skid by jumping out early in the first. Silverio lead off with a single to center for Newark and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then tagged up and advanced on a fly ball to right field before being driven in by Gerstenmaier and the home team led by 1-0 after one.
Starting pitchers Cam Scalzo (North Carolina Central) for Newark and Franklin Miller (Hudson Valley CC) for Adirondacks both put up zeros for the next four innings before the Pilots busted out for their first crooked number of the night.
Giesel and Wiggins started the rally with singles to bring Austin Clock (SUNY Cortland) up to bat with runners on first and second and nobody out. Clock laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, but when Kyle Coronel’s (Binghamton) throw was off target, it went all the down the right field line allowing Giesel and Wiggins to score and Clock to cruise into third base. Dorian Hairston (Kentucky) would single through the infield allowing Clock to walk home. It was a four run sixth inning for the Pilots and they were up 5-0.
Scalzo was the star in snapping the Pilots recent losing streak verse the Trailblazers with seven innings of work, allowing only one run on four hits, four walks, five strikeouts and picking up his first win of the season.
Clock, Hairston and Tim Lewis (Maryland) carried the offense as they all collected a pair of hits for the Pilots.
After splitting the double header the Pilots record goes to 20-14 while the Trailblazers are now 14-22 on the season. Newark will host Elmira tomorrow night at Colburn Park, first pitch slated for 7:05pm.