Saturday Night Playoff Result Round-Up

Photo courtesy Steve Plopper/Newark Pilots
Photo, left: Newark's Justin D'Amato (St. John Fisher) prepares to deliver a pitch against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes on Saturday night at Colburn Park in the PGCBL West Division playoffs. D'Amato struck out eight batters over five innings in a 3-2 Newark win.


NEWARK, N.Y. – Michael Bolling (Lewis) scored twice and the trio of Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher), Mike Saunders (Saginaw Valley State) and Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) combined to strike out 16 batters as the Newark Pilots clipped the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, 3-2, on Saturday night at Colburn Park. Newark evened its’ best-of-three PGCBL West Division playoff series with Cooperstown at one win apiece. The series is scheduled to conclude on Sunday with Game 3 at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Cooperstown, ahead in the series 1-0 at the start of the night, took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Danny Nelson (CSU Monterey Bay) doubled, moved to third on a Ben Miller (Shippensburg) sacrifice bunt and then scored on a Bryan Aanderud (Cypress) sacrifice fly. It was Aanderud’s second sacrifice fly of the series. Michael Bolling sparked the Pilots in the fourth with a lead-off double. He advanced to third on a Ray Delvalle (Ky. Wesleyan) sacrifice bunt and then scored on a balk to tie the tilt at one.

Newark surged ahead with another solo tally in the fifth inning. The Pilots loaded the bases with one out and Shayne Herold (Ashland) grounded out to the right side, scoring Chase Brown (UT Dallas) from third with the go-ahead run to give Newark a 2-1 lead. Michael Bolling struck for his second run in the sixth which proved to be the eventual game winner. Bolling was hit by a pitch to start the frame and then bunted over to second by Delvalle. Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) followed with a base hit into center field and Bolling was able to score on the play on a Cooperstown error.

Pilots starter Justin D’Amato limited the visiting Hawkeyes to one run on four hits and struck out eight over five innings. Mike Saunders fanned six in three frames and gave up just one hit. Newark closer Mark Scott yielded a single run in the ninth on an RBI double down the left-field line by Tynan Pedretti (Merced). However, Scott retired back-to-back hitters with Pedretti, the potential tying run, on third base to end the game.

Cooperstown’s Joe Nestor (LaSalle) and Parker Ray (Texarkana) allowed just five hits. Nestor gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over five and one-third innings. Ray struck out seven and yielded one hit in the remaining two and two-thirds frames. Tynan Pedretti recorded a game-high three hits for the Hawkeyes. Danny Nelson and Nate Izzo (Tufts) each scored one run.

For Newark, five different Pilots all recorded one hit including Michael Bolling, Ray Delvalle, Kyle Attl, Chase Brown and Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas).

                             R   H  E
Cooperstown    2   7   3
Newark               3   5   0

Joe Nestor (L, 0-1), Parker Ray (6) and Jamie Jiron. Justin D’Amato (W, 1-0), Mike Saunders (6), Mark Scott (9, S 1) and Greg Schworm.

Time – 2:03
Attendance - 834


Saturday night’s second game of the PGCBL East Division playoffs between the Amsterdam Mohawks and the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at Shuttleworth Park was postponed because of the rain. The contest will be made up on Sunday at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park beginning at 5:05 p.m.

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