OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The Old Orchard Beach Surge were defeated by the Newburgh Newts in game one of their NCBL first round playoff series on Wednesday night at The Ballpark, with a final score of 4-3.

Due to the final regular season standings, the Newburgh Newts were designated as the home team.

The Surge took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Bryan White reached first on an error, then stole second. A Carlos Valdez single sent him to third before Tyler Krobetzky knocked him in.

The Newts battled back in the bottom half, taking a 2-1 lead with Gevon Jackson and Kevin Putkonen each picking up RBIs.

The Newts picked up another run in the second, with Kenny Kirshner picking up an RBI single. Kirshner would make it 4-1 in the fourth with another RBI.

Jairo Gomez took over the mound for the Surge in the fifth, ending the night for starter Jeremy Hall. Hall went for four complete innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, while walking one and striking out one.

The Surge picked up a run in the sixth, bringing the score to 4-2. Valdez crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice.

Sam DiMatteo brought the Surge within one run in the seventh with a solo home run to left field, scoring the third and final Surge run of the game.

Zach Leitten took over the mound in the eighth, ending the night for Gomez. Gomez allowed five hits and struck out six in three innings of relief. Leitten allowed just one hit to close out the game.

The Surge looked to rally back in the ninth, but fell just short of tying up the game. Jamiel Orozco started off the inning with a single, and an overthrow to first allowed him to advance to second. Junior Estrella followed with a bunt and reached base on an error. Orozco tried to make it home, but a controversial call at the plate deemed him out. The Surge left Estrella, the tying runner, stranded on base to end the game.

The Surge were outhit by the Newts 14-5. Orozco led the team with two hits.

The Surge take on the Newts again tonight for game two of their best-of-three series. Tyler Levine will be starting on the mound for the Surge.



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