ONONDAGA, N.Y. - The Onondaga Flames (12-6) beat the Newark Pilots (4-15) for the fourth time in less than a week on Sunday, as the Flames pulled away for a 9-3 victory at Onondaga Community College.
The Flames came into the bottom of the eighth with a one-run lead. Trey Baur (Cornell University) got things started with a double and then moved to third on a single from Sam Little (Ithaca College). Baur then scored on a passed ball.
Two batters later Stephen Bennett (Canisius College) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the Flames sixth run of the game. The Flames then scored their second run of the inning via a passed ball when Matt Carey (Ithaca College) came home with Anthony Scalzo (Gonzaga University) at the plate. Two pitches later Scalzo brought home Ricky Sisto (Monroe CC) with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Sisto started out the season struggling at the plate and has had limited playing time through the first 16 games. However, he has stayed positive and was ready to go when his name was called this weekend.
“I made a mental note to myself to say stay focused and stay ready to go and just be relaxed,” said Sisto. “The good thing about being 0 for 1,000 is you can only go up from there.”
Bennett scored the Flames final run when he came home when the Pilots tried to catch Alex Canty (Monroe CC) trying to steal second base.
Newark started the scoring on the day when Peter Battaglia (Niagara University) drew a bases loaded walk to score Mark Mckenna (Canisius College). The Flames answered with an RBI double by Canty in the bottom of the inning. In the fifth inning, the Flames took the lead when Bennett drove in Sisto with a double.
Before the sixth inning lightning caused the umpires to impose a 15-minute rain delay. When play resumed the Pilots loaded the bases and took the lead with two runs in the inning. The Flames tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and then took the lead in the seventh before blowing it open in the eighth.
Trent Schulte (Gonzaga University) earned the win. Schulte threw a season high four innings and coach Ryan Stevens knows how important that outing was at this time of the season.
“With 11 games in seven days that saves our bullpen,” Stevens said. “Trent coming out and bulldogging us through that, it was big time because we have the doubleheader tomorrow in Geneva and he saved some arms that didn’t have to throw today.”
Peng-Fel Wang (Vanung University) was given the loss after giving up four runs in seven innings of work.
The Flames will head to Geneva to play a doubleheader against the Red Wings (14-6) on Monday. The Pilots will host the Red Wings on Tuesday.