Newark- It rained earlier in the day at Colburn Park but the weather held off around game time to allow the Newark Pilots to take on the Utica Brewers. BJ Nobles (Western Carolina) has been a late inning set up man for head coach Mike Armstrong and the Pilots this year but was given the ball to start the game tonight as he faced Robert Hardy (Herkimer CC) and the Brewers.
Some nerves may have gotten to Nobles early as the second pitch of the night was deposited over the right field fence by Cedric Mullins (Louisburg). The Brewers got another run in the first when Anthony Villa (St Mary’s) came around to score on a Corey Lerche (Gloucester CC) single to take a 2-0 lead.
But Newark had an answer in their first at bats as well. Logan Boyher (Columbia), Jack Gerstenmaier (Virginia), and Braxton Wilks (Kansas St) all reached to start off the inning. With one it brought Wyatt Padgett (BYU) to the plate who cashed in two Pilots on the bases loaded RBI single. With two outs Zach Wall (Young Harris) was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corner. With Padgett on third a crazy play ensued which allowed Padgett to steal home and the Pilots were up 3-2 after an exciting first frame.
The struggling Brewers battled back scoring one run in the third on triple by Cody Burton (UAH) who came home on a wild pitch. They regained the lead in the fourth off on an RBI ground out by Mullins off Nobles and Utica was in front 4-3 halfway through the game.
The Pilots clawed back in the see-saw contest with four runs in the sixth. The big hit came courtesy of Tanner Giesel (Southeastern CC) who lined a two RBI single through the right side which brought home Boyher and Gerstenmaier. Newark tacked on two more insurance runs on some Utica miss cues as Wilkes would score on a balk and Giesel raced across the plate on a wild pitch and the Pilots took the lead back at 7-4.
Utica scratched one across in the seventh inning and had the tying run on second base in the ninth but Travis Laitar (SUNY Cortland) was able to strike out Christopher Sims (Thomas) to end the game and pick up his fourth save on the season. Nobles picks up his first win, on his first start and the Pilots improved to 13-10.
The Pilots will host the Adirondack Trailblazers in a double header at Colburn Park tomorrow with the first game starting at 5:05pm.
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