Newark Pilots Earn Comeback Victory in Opener

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. --The Newark Pilots (1-0) opened the 2016 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season with a 3-2 victory over the Jamestown Jammers (0-1) at Russell Diethrick Park. The Pilots trailed going into the late innings, but fought hard to earn the comeback victory.

Left-hander Quinton Logan (Hinds C.C.) started for the Pilots, tossing four scoreless innings and recording three strikeouts while surrendering two hits in his Newark debut.

Logan was relieved by right-handed pitcher Xan Reese (Northeast Miss. C.C.), whose outing was interrupted by a one hour and twenty minute rain delay after he recorded just one out. Reese would remain on the mound after the delay, but allowed two runs to score on a single from Jamestown second baseman C.J. Pickering (Texas-San Antonio) that gave the Jammers a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

“I was confident we were going to come back,” Reese (1-0) said after falling behind. “I knew we weren’t hitting too good the first couple innings, but we came back and showed what we could do.”

The Pilots were held hitless into the eighth inning before Acy Owen (Hinds C.C.) drove a single into right field with one out. Julian Gallup (Niagara) reached on an error and Chris Sharpe (UMass-Lowell) added an infield single to load the bases.

With two outs in the inning, Luke Reynolds (Mississippi State) drove a single up the middle that crept under the glove of Jammers center fielder Skyler Valentine (Texas-San Antonio) and plated all three runs to give Newark a 3-2 lead.

“It’s always tough when you don’t have any hits,” Pilots head coach Chris Edmondson said after the victory. “But the guys kept battling and they put together some hits for us, scored some runs and we ended up winning the game.”

RHP Brian Dolan (UMass-Lowell) recorded the final six outs of the game to earn his first save of the summer. Dolan made his first appearance in an organized game in over two years after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“It’s been a long road back, but it’s been getting better,” Dolan said of his recovery. “Always helps when you throw strikes. Everything felt good today I just need to keep working and keep getting better.”

The Pilots return to action Thursday for game two against the Jammers with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Russell Diethrick Park.

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