Rams sweep away Pilots at Duffy Fairgrounds

WATERTOWN- The Watertown Rams swept a Saturday evening doubleheader from the Newark Pilots to move into first place in the PGCBL West standings. The Rams edged the Pilots, 2-1, in the opening game and then triumphed, 3-1, in the night cap. Watertown (9-10) has won a season high three games in a row.

Game 1

Watertown scored two runs in the first inning to defeat visiting Newark, 2-1, in the first game of the doubleheader. Jake Jenkins (Pacific) tossed five scoreless innings to pick up the win (1-1) for the Rams while Eddie Emes (PSU Greater Allegheny) took the loss (1-2) for the Pilots.

Watertown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Joe Moroney (Kansas) led off with a triple into left-center field and then came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).

The two sides remained scoreless until the top of the seventh. Going into the inning, the Pilots trailed, 2-0, and were down to their final three outs. Taylor Hinshaw (Georgia College) started off the inning with a single. Pilot catcher Coleman Lukas (Pomona-Pitzer) followed with a base hit of his own. Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and then Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) drove in the lone run of the game for the Pilots with a sacrifice fly to center field. Cody Culp (Bellevue) stranded the potential tying run at third when he struck out pinch-hitter Scott Matthews (Washington, MD) to end the game.

Watertown starter Jake Jenkins allowed five hits over five shutout innings to pick up the win. Cody Culp pitched the seventh to record his second save of the season. Newark starter Eddie Emes tossed five innings allowing just two runs. 

Joe Moroney finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a triple for Watertown. Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert) posted a 2-for-3 effort with a double for the Rams. Jacob Boylan (Kansas) and Dominic Lopez both recorded one RBI.

Max Rosing (Cortland State) finished 2-for-3 for Newark. Jeff Edwards went 1-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt. Coleman Lukas also went 1-for-2 for the Pilots.

Game 2

Watertown scored two of its three runs in the first inning to defeat visiting Newark, 3-1, in the second game of the doubleheader. Bryce Greager’s (Chandler-Gilbert) two-RBI double in the first provided the Rams with their eventual winning run. Kevin Klaess (Cypress) picked up the win (2-1) for the Rams while Drew Hasler (Valparaiso) took the loss (1-2) for the Pilots. With the win, Watertown moved into sole possession of first place in the PGCBL West Division, ahead of Newark, the previous division leader.

Watertown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning for the second-straight game. Joe Moroney (Kansas) led off the inning with a single and stole second. Fellow Kansas Jayhawk Justin Protacio bunted for a base hit with two strikes. Bryce Greager drove both Moroney and Protacio home with a double into the right-center field gap.

Watertown scored a lone run in the third to conclude its offensive output the night. J.J. Wagner (Pacific) drilled a two-out double down the third base line. Austin Lueck (South Florida) drove home Wagner with a single. Newark scored a single run in the fifth to cut Watertown's lead to 3-1. Taylor Hinshaw (Georgia College) led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a Steve Laurino (Marist) single to left field. Hinshaw dashed home on a wild pitch.

Watertown starter Kevin Klaess hurled five innings allowing one run to pick up the win. Logan Grant (Creighton) pitched two scoreless innings to record his first save of the season. Newark starter Drew Hasler tossed a six-inning complete game and allowed three runs on seven hits. 

Joe Moroney finished 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run for Watertown. Brad Rush (St. John Fisher) also went 1-for-2 for the Rams.

Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) was 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch for Newark. David Vandercook (Columbia) also went 1-for-2 with a walk for the Pilots.

Watertown will travel to Elmira tomorrow for a doubleheader against the Pioneers. The first game is set to begin at 2:00. Newark travels to Glens Falls to play the Golden Eagles with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

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