Newark Pilots Lean On Bullpen, Clutch Hitting In Victory Over Jamestown

The Newark Pilots (4-2) fell behind early, but battled back for a 4-3 victory over Jamestown. Newark snapped a two-game losing streak and moved to 3-0 over the Jammers on the season, earning comeback wins in all three contests.

“There just a good group of guys that can fight at the end of games,” Pilots coach Chris Edmondson said after the victory. “We ask them to really fight and scrap for everything and that’s what they did tonight.”

Newark starter Quinton Logan (Hinds C.C.) worked a scoreless first inning, but walked the first two hitters of the second before leaving the game with shoulder soreness. The Jammers (2-5) would tally three times to take an early 3-0 lead in the second after Logan’s exit.

Right-hander D.J. Mendenhall (St. John Fisher) would be called on as the injury-replacement and he would throw four innings of one-run ball to make up for the short outing from the starter. Mendenhall would load the bases in the fifth, but would get a strikeout and groundout to keep the Jammers off the board.

The Pilots struggled against Jamestown starter Chris Vallimont (Mercyhurst) who threw four shutout innings with seven strikeouts before Newark got to him in the fifth. After a double-steal put Jordan Swiss (Saginaw Valley State) and Julian Gallup (Niagara) in scoring position with two outs, Ching-Wei Sen (Vanung) would come through with a two-RBI single down the left field line to cut the Jamestown lead to 3-2.

“He had a really good approach up there,” Edmondson said of Sen’s clutch hit.  “He knew he was going to get some fastballs. He got a pitch and he put a good swing on it.”

After Sen’s hit Chris Sharpe (UMass-Lowell) would draw a walk to put runners on for Matt Zielonko (Parkland) who launched a double to right-center gap that scored two to give Newark the lead at 4-3.

“[Vallimont] got me twice on a breaking-ball earlier in the game. He tried to throw another and was ready for it that time,” Zielonko said of his go-ahead hit. “I just wasn’t going to let him get me again with that pitch.”

After gaining the lead Edmondson would bring on right-hander Jacob Hendricks (Saginaw Valley State) to pitch. Hendricks would make quick work of the Jammers, retiring all 12 batters that he faced to earn his first save of the season.

Newark will travel to Geneva to play the Red Wings on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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