The Newark Pilots (12-10) extended their current win streak to four games following a 2-1 win in a pitcher's duel with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles (14-8) at Colburn Park on Friday night.
Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown) allowed only one run on four hits in Newark's second complete game in as many days. Ruscitti, who entered the game leading the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) with a 1.16 ERA, struck out six and improved to 3-0 on the season.
Derek Mazzio (Saint Louis) went throw for throw with Ruscitti through his seven innings of work for Glens Falls. Mazzio was third in the league before tonight with a 1.48 ERA and second with 33 strikeouts. The Golden Eagles' starter fanned five and also allowed only one run.
The Pilots scored the game-winning run on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth. Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) started off the final frame by reaching on a fielding error from Anthony Pisani (Southern Maine) at shortstop. Chase Brown (UT Dallas) came in as a pinch runner for Villa to add some speed to the base path. Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) beat out the throw to first on an infield single, moving Brown over to third. Reliever Chris Myers (Georgia Southern) then intentionally walked Michael Bolling (Lewis) to load the bases.
With a full count, Adam Grace (Genesee C.C.) earned the game-winning RBI when Myers missed the strike zone with a low fastball, forcing Brown home from third.
It was a quick game as both starting pitchers moved fluently through the opposing team's batters. Glens Falls scored the first run of the game in the third inning. Ricky Claudio (St. Thomas) scored the Golden Eagles' RBI on a single through the right side, scoring Pisani.
Newark tied the game at 1-1 in the home half of the fifth. Grace got on base after being hit by a Mazzio pitch. He then scored on a RBI single from Matt Vera (San Joaquin Delta).
The two starting hurlers then went back and forth without much trouble. Myers then came in to relieve Mazzio in eighth and went 1-2-3 through the Newark side with a strikeout and two groundouts. Ruscitti responded in the top of the ninth with another 1-2-3 inning, setting up the win the bottom half of the frame.
Myers is tagged with the loss, his first of the season for Glens Falls. Claudio was 1-for-4 with his team's only RBI. Grace finished the night 1-for-2 with one run and one RBI for the Pilots.
The Newark Pilots hit the road to face the Watertown Wizards on Saturday at 7:05 p.m., while the Glens Falls Golden Eagles host the Amsterdam Mohawks, also at 7:05 p.m.