Matheson Hit Hard in Loss to Newark
NEWARK, N.Y.- Nate Matheson (Old Dominion) gave up 11 runs in two plus innings pitched as the Newark Pilots (13-19) defeated the Elmira Pioneers (23-13) 13-3 at Colburn Park Tuesday night. It is Matheson’s second loss of the season in seven starts.
The outing didn’t not start all bad for the hurler and Elmira Tuesday. Before Matheson even reached the mound, he was given a two to nothing lead by way of a two run single by Pios designated hitter Mike Korchak (Bucknell), which scored centerfielder Justin Hayes (Old Dominion) and first baseman Christian Santisteban (Manhattan). In the bottom of the first men reached first and third with two outs, and Matheson was able to keep the runners stranded after striking out Newark designated hitter Will Gorman (RIT).
The trouble came for Matheson in the second and third innings. In the second inning, Blake Valley (University of San Francisco) clubbed an RBI single, Cody Wiktorski (St. John Fisher) hammered a two-RBI double and Mark Martin (Le Moyne) smacked a two-RBI single to plate Newark’s first five runs.
In the third inning the game got out of reach. Newark infielder Corey Lerche (Central Connecticut State) ripped an RBI triple and came around to score later on a passed ball. Catcher Gabe Levanti (Northeastern) also came home by way of a passed ball, and Wiktorski put the game way out of reach when he smashed a three-RBI triple to make it 11-3. Gorman hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning to put the score at 12-3.
The Pilots scored one more run by way of a wild pitch to make it 13-3 and that is how the score would stand.
Getting the win for Newark was Logan Harasta (Buffalo). Harasta struck out six batters in six innings of two-run ball in getting the win. The right hander retired the last 16 batters he faced in the outing. Harasta moved to 3-0 on the summer season.
Having a solid hitting nights for the Pioneers was Korchak and Brian Barefoot (Louisiana-Monroe) who combined for the three RBI’s. For Newark, Wiktorski went two for four while driving home five runs.
Your Elmira Pioneers return home this Wednesday against the Victor Railriders. Wednesday night features a thunderstick giveaway courtesy of Hilliard, and be sure to come out Thursday, when the Pioneers take on the Saugerties Stallions, for free CMS mini-bats. For tickets to either game, visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce St. or call us at 607-734-2690. For more information, visit theelmirapioneers.com