Watertown Falls to Open 2012 Campaign
Strong starting pitching wasn't enough as Watertown dropped its season opener against Newark 4-1. The Pilots take advantage of some shaky defense and spotty relief pitching and score 3 in the 9th for the win.
Not to be overshadowed by the loss was the play of Rene Solis (St. Mary's (TX)). The sophomore fans 11 batters and allows just one hit in 7 innings. "I really had my change up going, got some first pitch strikes and we went from there," Solis said.
Watertown capitalized on some poor defense in the second to take an early lead. Riley Norton (Eastern Oklahoma St.) singled in the second, moved up a base on a passed ball by catcher Adam Grace (Erie C.C.) and got to third on a wild pitch by pitcher Alex Wood (University of Indianapolis). He then scored on Brandon Roush's (UT-Pan American) single.
The Wizards held a one-run lead into the seventh, but an error by shortstop Christian Hickman (Alcorn St.) allowed Joe Landi (Rhode Island) to reach third and then score on Kane Sweeney's (Morehead St.) sacrifice fly.
The score was tied going into the ninth, but Newark plated 3 runs in the inning thanks to a passed ball by catcher Conor Dishman (Wabash Valley C.C.) and an error by centerfielder Devante' Taylor (Alcorn St.). "That's just going to be an everyday thing. Errors happen, even at the big lead level. We just need to learn from out mistakes, will be good we're going to be fine," said Watertown Head Coach Nathan Kafka.
Watertown can get its first win of the season against Glens Falls Thursday at 7 at the Fairgrounds.
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