Pilots Win PGCBL Championship

The Newark Pilots pose for a team picture after being escorted back to Colburn Park following their Game 3 win over Cooperstown in the PGCBL West Division playoffs. Photo courtesy Newark Pilots/Steve Plopper
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - The Newark Pilots capped off a magical first season of existence with a doubleheader sweep of the Amsterdam Mohawks on Thursday night to capture the 2011 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship. Amsterdam defeated Newark, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Newark's Colburn Park to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. To capture the crown, Newark needed to sweep a doubleheader from nationally-ranked Amsterdam on Thursday night at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park. It took 11 innings in the opener (Game 2) but the Pilots bested the Mohawks, 4-3, to tie the series at one win apiece. Newark then triumphed in a winner-take-all Game 3 in the night cap, 7-4, to secure the championship.

PGCBL Championship Series Game 2 Box Score
PGCBL Championship Series Game 3 Box Score


AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) belted a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning to propel the Newark Pilots past the Amsterdam Mohawks, 4-3, in Game 2 of the 2011 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series on Thursday evening at Shuttleworth Park. Newark’s victory tied the best-of-three series at one win apiece and it forced a winner-take-all Game 3.

Amsterdam, who entered Thursday with a 1-0 series lead, forged a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning behind a two-run home run from Brad Picha (Paris JC). Amsterdam’s Derrick Brewer (Radford) and Newark’s Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown) each entered in the eighth inning and held the opposition off of the scoreboard for three frames. Ruscitti forced Amsterdam to squander one-out singles in the eighth and ninth and then a lead-off single in the tenth.

Sean Osterman began the top of the 11th inning with a blast over Shuttleworth Park’s “Chain Monster” in left field to spot Newark a 4-3 lead. Pilots’ closer Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) sat down three of the four men he faced in the bottom of the frame and stranded the potential tying run on second base.

Dominick Ruscitti earned his second victory of the playoffs with three scoreless innings of relief. He scattered three hits, walked one and struck out two. Newark starter Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State) did not figure in the decision. He limited Amsterdam to three runs on five hits through seven and struck out a game-high nine.

Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run to lead eight Pilots with at least one hit. Michael Bolling (Lewis) and Adam Grace (Genesee CC) each scored one run.

Brad Picha powered the Amsterdam offense with a single, a double and a home run in five at-bats. Seven different Mohawks had at least one hit. In defeat, Derrick Brewer allowed one run on two hits over four frames of relief. Amsterdam starter Brett Houseal (Marist) did not figure in the decision. Houseal yielded three scores (one earned) on eight hits, walked none and struck out seven. Chuck Schlegel (Wake Forest) tossed a scoreless seventh.

Amsterdam starter Brett Houseal (Marist) was tested right away in the top of the first inning. Newark’s Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) and Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) clubbed back-to-back two-out singles – just the fifth and sixth hits for Newark of the Championship Series. Houseal struck out Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) swinging to end the brief rally. The Mohawks opened the scoring in the bottom half of the inning. Zach Shank (Marist) singled with one out off of Newark starter Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State). Two batters later, Luke Maile (Kentucky) blasted a two-out double off the fence in left-center field that plated Shank all the way from first to give Amsterdam a 1-0 advantage.

For the second night in a row, Newark recorded two unearned runs in the second inning. Michael Bolling (Lewis) singled through the right side with one out and advanced to second when Amsterdam left fielder Jude Vidrine (Lamar) misplayed a fly ball hit by Greg Schworm (Finger Lakes CC). The runners advanced to second and third on a ground out by Adam Grace (Genesee CC). With two outs, Luke Swenson (UCSB) pushed Newark into the lead, 2-1, on a two-run single to center field that scored Bolling and Schworm. 

The Pilots increased their lead by one in the sixth inning on a Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) solo home run that was belted over Shuttleworth Park’s “Chain Monster." After being blanked in five-straight frames by Carson Beauchaine, Amsterdam came back to tie the game in the seventh. Luke Maile reached first safely when a hard-hit ground ball to the left side was mishandled by Newark’s Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas). The next batter, Brad Picha (Paris JC) mashed a two-run home run to left-center field tying the game at three. 

The excitement reached a fever pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning as Newark’s Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown) entered the game in relief of Carson Beauchaine. Andrew Green (ETSU) singled with one out and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Zach Shank (Marist). A passed ball sent Green, the potential go-ahead run, scampering to third. With Green 90-feet away from home, Ruscitti struck out Jude Vidrine swinging to end the rally and the inning.

Amsterdam’s Josh Alexander (Utah) kept the game tied in the top of the ninth inning when he made a diving catch in right field that robbed Adam Grace (Genesee CC) of a base hit with a runner on first and two outs. Brad Picha rapped a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth but he was erased from first on a pick-off throw by catcher Greg Schworm.

                         R    H       E
Newark           4    10      2
Amsterdam    3      9      2

Carson Beauchaine, Dominick Ruscitti (8, W 2-0), Mark Scott (11, S 3)  and Greg Schworm. Brett Houseal, Chuck Schlegel (7), Derrick Brewer (8, L 1-1) and Luke Maile.

Time: 2:55
Att: 1811


AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Greg Schworm (Finger Lakes CC) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to help the Newark Pilots clinch the 2011 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship with a 7-4 victory over the Amsterdam Mohawks in Game 3 of the PGCBL Championship Series on Thursday night at Shuttleworth Park. 

Newark led 2-1 through four innings on the strength of two unearned runs that were recorded in the top of the first inning because of Amsterdam defensive miscues. Greg Schworm doubled to start the fifth and advanced to third on a Luke Swenson (UCSB) ground out to the left side. Another Amsterdam error on a ball struck by Ray Delvalle (Kentucky Wesleyan) allowed Schworm to score from third with Newark’s third run.

Amsterdam drew back to within one in the home half of the fifth but Newark quickly answered with two scores in the sixth. Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) singled and went to third on a Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) double. Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) plated Villa with a base hit to right field however Osterman was thrown trying to score by Amsterdam’s Josh Alexander (Utah). Two batters later, Greg Schworm ripped his second double of the game and that brought Starnes home from second to push the Pilots ahead 5-2.

Schworm again had the answer for the Newark in the eighth after Amsterdam used two unearned runs in the seventh to cut the Pilots’ lead to one at 5-4. The Newark designated hitter socked a two-run single off of Amsterdam reliever Ryan Harper (Saint Rose) to increase the Newark edge to three.

Justin D’Amato, normally a starter for the Pilots, entered in the seventh inning with Newark leading 5-4 though Amsterdam had men on first and second with no one out. Zach Shank (Marist) sacrificed the runners to second and thirdt. D’Amato then struck out Jude Vidrine (Lamar) and Luke Maile (Kentucky) with the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position to end the threat. D’Amato went on to retire all nine men he faced, six via strikeout, to seal the win for the Pilots. 

Newark starter Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State) earned the victory. Tidwell held the Mohawks to two scores over the first six innings. He pitched into the seventh and finished up allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits. Jim Glasgow (Lewis) pitched to two batters in relief.

Seven Pilots recorded at least one hit. Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) scored twice and drove in one run. Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) had one RBI.

Amsterdam’s Jack Fischer (Wake Forest), pitching on three days’ rest, allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits over five and one-third innings. Fischer walked one and struck out four. Will Kendall (Auburn) struck out three of the five batters he faced in relief and retired all five in a row. Ryan Harper (Saint Rose) and Abram Williams (Radford) each pitched one inning as well. Josh Alexander (Utah) collected three of Amsterdam’s six hits and scored three runs. Jack Fischer went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored and Andrew Green (ETSU) drove in one run.

The third and final game of the PGCBL Championship Series began at 9:01 p.m. EDT at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park in front of over 1,800 fans. Newark jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Luke Swenson (UCSB) reached on an error to start the contest and went to third on a Ray Delvalle (Kentucky Wesleyan) double. A mishandled ground ball hit by Newark’s Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) to the right side plated Swenson with the first run of the night cap. With two outs and runners on the corners, Attl attempted to steal second base. The throw from Amsterdam catcher Luke Maile (Kentucky) was errant and allowed Ray Delvalle to score Newark’s second run.

Pilots' starter Andrew Tidwell cruised through the first two innings then hit trouble in the third. Josh Alexander (Utah) cracked a lead-off single and scored all the way from first on a Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) double. Nick Polsinelli (Saint Rose) sacrificed Fischer to third however that is where he would stay as Tidwell retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Greg Schworm’s lone tally in the fifth on another Amsterdam fielding miscue put the Pilots on top 3-1. Josh Alexander swatted a double to begin the home half of the fifth and he went to third on Nick Polsinelli’s first hit of the summer. The next batter, Andrew Green (ETSU), beat out a potential double play ball at first that allowed Alexander to score with Amsterdam’s second run.

The Pilots’ two runs in the sixth inning came on four hits with the biggest hits being an RBI single by Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) and an RBI double from Greg Schworm (Finger Lakes CC).

Trailing 5-2 through six, Amsterdam rallied one last time in the seventh. Josh Alexander drilled his second double of the night and Jack Fischer worked a one-out walk. A pitching change brought Jim Glasgow out of the Newark bullpen to replace Andrew Tidwell while Amsterdam reliever Derrick Brewer (Radford) pinch hit in the pitchers’ spot previously occupied by Will Kendall (Auburn). Brewer laid down a sacrifice bunt in hopes of moving Alexander and Fischer up one base each. Glasgow fielded the bunt and fired the ball into right field allowing both Alexander and Fischer to score, bringing Amsterdam’s deficit to 5-4. But, that is as close as the Mohawks would get.

Ryan Harper (Saint Rose) took over on the mound in the eighth for Amsterdam. Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) reached second on a two-base error with one out. Michael Bolling (Lewis) singled Starnes over to third and then swiped second. That set the table for Greg Schworm’s two-RBI single.

                          R   H   E
Newark            7    9    1
Amsterdam    4    6    6

Andrew Tidwell (W, 1-0), Jim Glasgow (7), Justin D’Amato (7, S 1) and Adam Grace. Jack Fischer (L, 0-1), Will Kendall (6), Ryan Harper (8), Abram Williams (9) and Luke Maile.

Time: 2:30
Attendance: 1811

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