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Happy 4th of July! Have a wonderful time celebrating America today. Stay safe and enjoy.
Newark 7 Utica 5
In the only game action last night, the Newark Pilots defeated the Utica Brewers at home, 7-5. With the win, the Pilots are now percentage points ahead of the Watertown Rams for first place in the West Division. Newark sits at 13-10, while Watertown is 14-11.
Utica got out to an early lead in the first inning as the first batter of the game, Cedric Mullins, hit a home run. Corey Lerche singled home Anthony Villa later in the inning to make it 2-0 Brewers. Newark answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, two coming on a Zach Padgett RBI single and the other on a rundown. The Brewers scored lone runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 4-3 lead. Cody Burton tripled to lead off the third inning and came around to score on a wild pitch. In the fourth, Marcelo Sanchez scored on an RBI groundout from Mullins.
Newark scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to come back from the 4-3 deficit and take a 7-4 lead. Tanner Giesel gave the Pilots the lead with a 2-RBI single, scoring Jack Gerstenmaier and Logan Boyher. Brandon Wilkes scored on a balk and Giesel scored on a wild pitch later in the inning. Utica scored a lone run in the top of the seventh on a Cody Burton sacrifice fly, but it wasn’t enough as Newark went on to win 7-5.
BJ Nobles tossed six innings, allowing four runs (all earned) while striking out six to pick up his first win of the season for the Pilots. Travis Laitar hurled a scoreless ninth to preserve the win and notch the save. Laitar is now tied for second in the league with four saves. Utica starter Robert Hardy allowed six runs (all earned) in five innings of work to take the loss for the Brewers.
Adirondack at Amsterdam
The Amsterdam/Adirondack game scheduled for last night will be made up on July 28 in Amsterdam as part of a double-header. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Glens Falls at Albany
The Albany/Glens Falls game scheduled for last night will be made up on July 18 in Albany as part of a double-header. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
Watertown at Mohawk Valley
The Mohawk Valley/Watertown game scheduled for last night will be made up on July 24 in Watertown as part of a double-header. Watertown does not travel to Mohawk Valley again this season. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Now to preview tonight’s Independence Day games:
There are only two sets of scheduled games tonight, one being a double-header in Newark.
Adirondack at Newark DH: 5:05 p.m.
A night after coming back to beat the Utica Brewers, the Newark Pilots will play host to the Adirondack Trail Blazers. With a win, the Pilots can move into sole possession of first place in the West Division. Adirondack has had back-to-back games postponed and is coming off a 5-4 loss to the Watertown Rams on Tuesday. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Utica at Elmira 7:05 p.m.
A huge crowd is expected as the Elmira Pioneers square off against the Utica Brewers as park of Elmira’s USA Home-Stand. The Pioneers and Brewers faced one another on Wednesday with Elmira winning the rain-shortened affair, 4-0. Utica lost to Newark, 7-5, a night ago. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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