WATERTOWN — The Newark Pilots season has seen more downs than ups thus far. However, the Pilots managed to split a doubleheader Sunday at Alex T. Duffy Fairground Stadium.
After getting blanked 4-0 in game one, Newark edged host Watertown 2-1 in game two.
In the opener, the Rapids scored all four runs in the bottom of the third inning with one big blow accounting for all of them. Infielder James Krick blasted a grand slam homerun allowing teammates Dylan Sanchez, Emil Matti, and Danny Di Marzo all to touch home plate.
Canandaigua native Mike Sculli suffered the loss on the mound, though he pitched five solid innings. Sculli struck out five of the 24 batters he faced, while surrendering two hits and the four runs.
The Pilots (9-18) responded well in game two. In the fourth inning, Newark scored the first run as Over Torres capitalized off a Logan Stirr sacrifice fly into left field. David Bermudez chipped in with what turned out to be the game-winning run as he came up with an RBI single that scored Dylan Duplechain.
Matti got back in the stat column in the bottom of the sixth as his RBI double scored Sanchez to make it a one-run game.
St. John Fisher standout Kenneth Westbrook kept his composure on the mound in the win as he pitched five complete innings. Westbrook struck out eight of the 21 batters he faced while giving up five hits and a run.
Newark will look to make it two in a row tonight as the Pilots host Elmira. The first pitch at Colburn Park is set for 7:05 p.m.
In other local PGCBL action:
Adirondack 16, Geneva 1
BOONVILLE — The Red Wings (17-8) had a rough outing in northern Oneida County on Sunday afternoon. The Trailblazers capitalized on their 17-hit performance, striking for four, five, and seven runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, respectfully.
Right-handed pitcher Tim Blaisdell struggled in his five innings on the mound. He was only able to strike out three of the 30 batters he faced. Blaisdell also gave up 11 hits and nine runs.