OLD ORCHARD BEACH — It was a long night at The Ballpark as the Old Orchard Beach Surge (15-20) defeated the league-leading Newburgh Newts (17-12) with a final score of 7-6. The game began at 7 p.m., but a rain delay pushed the bottom of the first back to an 8:15 p.m. start.

Newburgh took an early 2-0 lead in the first. They would add four more runs in the second, taking a 6-0 lead, including a two-run single for Abel Medina.

The Surge would add three runs in the second. Will Benenson picked up a two-run, bases-loaded double. He then made it home on a passed ball.

The Surge would slowly pick away at the Newts’ lead. Newcomer Bryan White, who made his first start for the Surge, brought the team within two, making it 6-4 in the third with an RBI double. Richard Colla, showing off his speed, would score from first base in the fourth on a passed ball, making it 6-5 in favor of Newburgh.

Zach Leitten took over the mound in the seventh, ending the night for starter Jeremy Hall. Hall ended the night after six innings, allowing 10 hits, six runs, and striking out three.

Newly acquired infielder and former New York Yankees prospect Jameil Orozco tied the game 6-6 in the seventh with an RBI single.

Dustin Stanton took over the mound in the eighth. Leitten would end the night allowing no hits and striking out two. Surge closer Luis Pardo would come in for the 9th, he allowed one hit and struck out one.

Orozco would give the Surge the win in the ninth with a walk-off RBI, officially moving them past the Watertown Bucks and into third place in the North Country Baseball League standings.

The Surge were outhit by the Newts 11-9. Tucker White, Joe Coyne, Bryan White and Jameil Orozco each had two hits. Bryan White led the team with three of the 7 Surge runs.

The Surge return to action tonight against the Newts at 7 p.m.



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