An offensive explosion and dominant starting pitching led Newark (14-10) to a doubleheader sweep of the Wizards (10-14). The Pilots rallied for a 12-6 in game one, then took the nightcap 4-0 behind a complete game four-hitter from Shayne Herold (Ashland). Both games were seven innings in duration.
Watertown led 6-5 heading into the seventh inning of the first game with Rob Rogers (Keystone, L 1-3) trying to go the distance. Six hits and seven runs later Adam Krebs managed to end the inning by striking out Greg Schworm (Finger Lakes CC).
Michael Bolling (Lewis) led off the decisive frame with an infield single. After a Schwarm sacrifice, Matt Vera (San Joaquin Delta) singled home Bolling to tie the game with a knock to center. Vera swiped second, and after a walk by Luke Swenson (UC Santa Barbara), Ray Delvalle (Kentucky Wesleyan) bled a single into shallow right to bring home Vera. Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) followed with an RBI-single off the second base bag. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) and Bolling crushed back-to-back triples to account for the final four runs.
The Wizards broke a 2-2 tie with four unearned runs in the fourth. Chris Gruarin (Canisius) and Erick Gaylord (Campbell) started the rally with infield singles. Mike Saunders (Saginaw Valley State) gave way to Jim Glasgow (Lewis, W 1-2) who promptly allowed two runs by throwing away an Alex Maldonado (Holy Cross) sacrifice. Pat Talbut (St. Johns) singled home Maldonado and later scored on an error by Starnes.
Trailing 6-2, the Pilots struck back for a quick three runs in the fifth. Vera keyed the rally with a two-run homer, his first of the summer. Bolling also singled and scored in the inning after two errors on a botched pickoff. He was 4-4 in the game and game a home run away from the cycle.
The second game settled into a pitchers dual between Herold and Rob Curran (Rhode Island). Curran went the distance, but Harold was just a bit better, stifling the Wizards bats by whiffing nine and walking just two. Watertown didn’t get a runner to third in the game.
Swenson singled and stole second to start game two. Attl singled him home to open the scoring. Villa added an RBI groundout in the fifth to make it 2-0. The lead doubled to 4-0 in the top of the seventh when Swenson led off with a double, was tripled home by Attl, and Edwin Reyes (UAB) capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Maldonado had two hits in each game for the Wizards, and Gaylord picked up his team leading 23rd RBI in the first game.
The Wizards travel to Cooperstown for a doubleheader. The next home date isn’t until July 19th when the Wizards will host Glens Falls for a twinbill.