Newark leaps to third in standings following doubleheader split vs. Victor

NEWARK, N.Y. – Newark and Victor split a pair of 4-1 decisions in a Sunday doubleheader at Colburn Park as the Pilots pulled ahead in the race to earn the final playoff berth in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's (PGCBL) West Division.

The Pilots (19-28) scored four runs in the first two innings and starting pitcher Daniel Imbro (Hendrix) went the distance for the 4-1 win in Game 1. The visitors took Game 2 by the same score as the RailRiders’ (25-21) pitching staff limited Newark to only one run on four hits.

With Utica (18-28) dropping both games in their doubleheader at Mohawk Valley on Sunday, Newark now sits a half-game ahead of the Brewers in the standings, giving the Pilots the third and final spot in the in the playoffs out of the West Division with three games remaining in the regular season.

Game 1

Imbro (1-3) put together perhaps his best outing of the season as he allowed only one unearned run in seven compete innings. He gave up six hits and struck out two without issuing a walk on 91 pitches. His only blemish came in the top of the fifth inning when Chris Introcaso (Saint Rose) scored on an RBI single from former Pilot Tommy Wagner (Cornell).

The Newark offense scored one run in the first and three more in the second to give Imbro the lead. Victor starter John Saviano (NJIT) walked Kyle Norman (San Francisco) with one away, and one batter later, Norman came around to score on an error by RailRiders shortstop Aaron Endres (Norfolk).

In the second inning, Will Gorman (RIT) plated Michael Lanza (Bryant) with a base hit. Following a single by Kyle Bartelman (Columbia), Blake Valley (San Francisco) found the gap in left center for a two-run triple, making it 4-0 Newark.

With the lead, Imbro breezed through the Victor side in order in the third, fourth and seventh innings.

Saviano was handed the complete-game loss as he surrendered four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks. He also punched out three batters as he fell to 3-4 on the season.

Game 2

It wasn’t easy but Victor closer Chris Kemp (Indiana Univ. Southeast) recorded his seventh save - tied for the league lead - with a scoreless seventh inning. Free passes to Gorman and Bartelman and a base hit by James Baer (Delta) loaded the bases with one out. Kemp responded by striking out Lanza on three pitches and Valley on four to secure the 4-1 win in the nightcap.

Trailing by two in the bottom of the fourth, Cody Wiktorski (St. John Fisher) doubled and scored on a Willy Yahn (UConn) hit to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. However, three consecutive hits, including a two-run triple by Mark Cardinalli (UC Davis), extended the RailRiders’ lead back to three runs in the fifth.

Austin Wilson (LSU-Alexandria) improved to 2-1 with five innings of three-hit ball for the RailRiders. He struck out four while giving up one run before giving way to Dylan Swetman (Le Moyne) and Kemp out of the bullpen.


Newark starter Clayton Spiker (Saginaw Valley State) was taxed for four runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks while fanning three batters. The loss was his fifth straight as he fell to 2-6.

The Pilots are home for the remainder of the regular season, beginning with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the West Division regular-season champions, the Elmira Pioneers (32-15), on Tuesday, July 28 at Colburn Park. Victor, which has secured the second seed in the West, hosts Utica in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
January 2022
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
June 2020
May 2020
March 2020
January 2020
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March 2019
January 2019
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
November 2010