Basile: ‘Today we just didn’t show up’
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — On Monday night, the Jamestown Tarp Skunks coasted to a 13-1 six-inning victory over the Niagara Power.
Forty-eight hours later, the Tarp Skunks were on the wrong end of the mercy rule.
The Newark Pilots scored five runs in both the second and fifth innings en route to a 12-2 win over Jamestown in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League action Wednesday night at Diethrick Park.
The Tarp Skunks fell to 12-9-1, good for third place in the West Division, while the seventh-place Pilots improved to 7-12.
“I think we came in here thinking we were going to walk all over these guys and it was going to be our game,” Jamestown head coach Jordan Basile said. “That’s part of what this league is, you have to show up every single day. Today we just didn’t show up.”
Newark jumped on top with a five-run second inning off Jamestown starter Ian Korn (2-1). Michael Doyle singled with one out and Jake Given reached on an error on what could’ve been a double play to get out of the inning. Kyle Gordon then hit an RBI single, TJ Werner walked and Greg Kopp hit an RBI single. The Tarp Skunks threw Gordon out at the plate trying to score on the play, but Korn threw away a pickoff throw when Padraig O’Shaughnessy didn’t cover first base to score two runs, and an RBI single by Hazel Martinez plated the final run of the inning.
“I thought Ian actually threw pretty well. The biggest thing we kept telling Ian between innings was to keep his composure and body language,” Basile said. “Ian threw strikes. If we make a couple of plays behind him early, it’s a different game.”
The Pilots tacked on two more runs in the third inning thanks to a pair of Jamestown errors and an RBI single by Gordon.
“I think we came out with a lack of focus,” Basile said. “It’s one thing when you don’t have your game, but when there’s a lack of focus and mental lapses, that’s what we did today.”
Newark starter Drake Sisemore only threw 12 of his 42 pitches for strikes and walked five in 2 1/3 innings of work, but left with a no-hitter intact. He walked Yogie Hartigan to load the bases in the bottom of the third inning before the Tarp Skunks’ Brandon Lane greeted reliever Sebastian Pike with an RBI groundout to plate Jamestown’s first run.
Jake Davis picked up the Tarp Skunks’ first hit with a clean single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
“Sometimes you see those guys where everything looks like a beach ball and you get out front. That’s what we did today,” Basile said. “If we had been a little more patient with both of those pitchers it would’ve been a different game,”
Armed with a 7-1 lead, the Pilots put the game out of reach with a five-run top of the fifth inning off Jamestown reliever Bryce Jackson. The Jamestown High School graduate hit the first batter he faced and then walked Thai Morgan. Doyle then laid down a bunt and, in a moment of indecision, Jackson fielded and threw late to first.
“You want to look at third first, but you have to be able to communicate on the field. He has to know where we’re going with the ball,” Basile said. “You have to know the hitter and that he has good speed. At that time, he didn’t make the right decision.”
Given then hit a two-run double, Gordon hit an RBI single, Given scored on a dropped pop-up and Aaron Whitley hit an RBI single.
The Tarp Skunks scored their final run in the sixth. Hartigan singled to open the inning and stole two bases before scoring when the catcher’s throw went into left field on the second one.
Justin Santos pitched the seventh and struck out a pair of Jamestown batters before Royce Frazier singled. A fly out to left field ended the game.
“Once we got behind, I think we started to force our swings to try and make up for it too quickly,” Basile said. “We weren’t having quality at-bats.”
Jamestown hopes to put its sloppy night behind it right away as it hosts second-place Batavia (14-5) at 6:30 p.m. today at Diethrick Park.
“Tomorrow is a new day,” Basile said. “Hopefully this is a learning experience for us.”