Pioneers Celebrate a Great 2013 Season
Champions of the PGCBL Western DivisionSunday, November 11, 2012 | Categories:
The Elmira Pioneers organization wishes to recognize and thank the community for an incredible season. The 2013 season at historic Dunn Field was one of the most successful in team history.
For two years the Pioneers have led the league in attendance. Total attendance during the regular season hit 76,087. That's an average of 3,043 per game. The largest single game attendance was July, 26th with 4,471 fans. That game resulted in an 11-9 win against the Albany Dutchmen. This kind of support is what kept the players, coaches and organization going all season long. We want to thank the City of Elmira and the community that came out every game and supported this team.
The team itself, led by first-year head coach Matt Burch and assistant coaches Brian Hill and Archie McNeils, finished the regular season with a 21-26 record. Making the playoffs as the third seed in the West, they would go on to win the divisional championship against Watertown, sweeping the series 2-0. They moved on to face league powerhouse Amsterdam Mohawks in the PGCBL championship series. The Pioneers played the first game at Amsterdam, losing 6-3. The Pioneers retuned to Dunn Field to play one last game in front of the home crowd. Taking a home a victory, winning 9-7. The final game of the PGCBL Championship was at Amsterdam. There the Pios fought hard but ultimately Lost 7-3.
"I think when the odds were against us, we stepped up," coach Burch said. "We played our hearts out this season and to come into the playoffs as the third seed and make it all the way to the final game of the season speaks highly of the players we had. It was really an accomplishment."
"It was an incredible season on and off the field," Co-owner Don Lewis said. "We'd like to thank the fans and sponsors for all the support during 2013 season. We're working hard to put another great season together in 2014."
The Pioneers finished third in the PGCBL in team batting average (.268) and tied for second with doubles (85). The team also had 1469 at bats, 218 runs, 394 hits, 12 home runs and 138 walks. The team's pitching finished with a 4.31 ERA with 21 wins and eight saves, in 386.1 innings pitched.