NEWARK — After giving up a combined 23 runs in the previous two games, the Newark Pilots (6-9) needed a win in the second leg of the doubleheader against the Utica Blue Sox (10-9).
That’s exactly what they got.
The Pilots came out swinging right from the first pitch and played stout defense to defeat the Blue Sox 4-2 in seven innings in the second game of the doubleheader.
In the bottom of the first inning, David Bermudez cracked a leadoff single on the second pitch thrown at him. Allen Murphy then drove him with his second triple of the year and then scored on a past ball.
Utica is a strong team and Newark was able to subdue their offense to just two runs. One of them came in the top of the second on an RBI single and the other came in the next inning when Ryan Enos hit his first home run of the year.
Though the game was tied after Enos’ solo home run, that was the last run Newark would allow.
The Pilots answered the solo home run by taking back the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Once again, Over Torres came through with an RBI single that allowed Allen Murphy to score.
Oddly enough, the same exact play happened in the bottom of the fifth inning. A Torres single scored Murphy to put the Pilots up 4-2.
As for the guys on the mound, Newark’s pitchers were solid.
Kenneth Westbrook started the game for the Pilots and pitched six strong innings. He gave up five hits, two earned runs and struck out seven batters to earn the win.
Michael Sollitto would finish off the game and get the win for the Pilots.
In the first game of the doubleheader:
Utica 13, Newark 2
Newark fell at the hands of the Utica Blue Sox in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday night at Colburn park.
The Pilots (5-9) were looking to get back in the win column after a lopsided loss on Sunday night vs. the Elmira Pioneers. The were poised top pounce on the struggling Blue Sox (10-8), who had lost three in a row and were 3-7 in their last 10 games entering Monday’s doubleheader.
After a scoreless top half of the first inning, Utica hopped on the scoreboard with a run thanks to an RBI single by Brenton Phillips that put the Blue Sox ahead 1-0 after the first inning.
The Pilots responded the next inning with a run of their own.
Newark third baseman Dylan Duplechain began the inning with a base hit. After a walk and fielder’s choice, shortstop James Wrabel popped a sacrifice fly to center field that allowed Duplechain to score the tying run.
Unfortunately, that was the closest the Pilots would get to the Blue Sox.
Utica regained the lead in the bottom of the second with a solo home run off the bat of third baseman Alex Cornell, his second of the season.
The fourth inning is when the Blue Sox took complete control of the game.
Two pitches in, Newark starting pitcher Matthew Boyko allowed a solo home run to Brenton Phillips. Then, after a single, error and fielder’s choice, Ben Montenegro hit a bases-loaded single that scored two runs.
Tyler Simon then drove in two more runs with a double, giving the Blue Sox a 7-1 lead.
Utica would not slow down in the next inning. Following a few sacrifice flies and a bases-clearing double, Newark was suddenly in a 13-1 hole.
Over Torres would drive in the last run the Pilots with a sacrifice putout. Torres has been simply outstanding thus far. His batting average is .436 after 39 at-bats and has 17 RBIs, which is tied for first on the team with David Bermudez.