ELMIRA — Weather has been a constant issue the past few weeks for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Dozens of games have been postponed or canceled so far this season and Thursday was no different.
Of five scheduled Thursday night games, four were postponed due to Thursday’s steady rain throughout the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York regions.
Geneva and Newark games were among the casualties, postponed until later in the season.
Geneva vs. Adirondack will be made up July 25 at 5 p.m. while Newark vs. Watertown is postponed until June 28.
In Wednesday night’s PGCBL action:
Newark 9, Elmira 0
The Pilots (5-6) cruised their way back into the win column after dominating the Pioneers (3-11) by a score of 9-0 in a Wednesday night game at Dunn Field.
After two scoreless innings, Newark broke through with a two-run third and a four-run fourth to open the floodgates.
In the third, after back-to-back walks to center fielder Allen Murphy and shortstop David Bermudez, right fielder Over Torres once again came through for the Pilots with an RBI single, his first of three runs batted in on the day.
Torres leads the Pilots with 14 RBIs despite being tied for third on the team in at-bats with 29.
With two men on, first baseman Logan Stirr was hit by a pitch to load the bases. That clearly shook up Elmira starting pitcher Brendan Koester because he then issued a bases-loaded walk to Shaun Hillis, making it 2-0.
Koester was replaced by Ryan Teschko, and the Pilots hopped all over him in the fourth.
After a leadoff walk, Adam Zebrowski doubled, Michael Gorman reached base on an error by Elmira center fielder, Quinn Buffington, which allowed Zebrowski to score.
Allen Murphy then cracked a two-run single followed by a Logan Stirr sacrifice fly that put the Pilots up 6-0 before the Pioneers could even blink.
Newark added an insurance run in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth. While its offense was humming along, Newark’s pitchers were keeping the Pioneers’ bats nearly silent.
Ryan Mueller began the game on the mound and was lights out. He pitched six innings allowing four hits and no runs, with three walks and five strikeouts to notch the win.
After his exit, Brandon Odehnal, Dan Munn and Michael Sollitto took over and allowed a combined one hit, one walk and two strikeouts to slam the door shut on the Elmira offense.
Newark is expected to be back in action at home on Saturday against Adirondack.