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Elmira N.Y July 18, 2013 –

The Pioneers downed the Pilots last night 8-2. In what seemed like it was going to be a long night at Historic Dunn Field turned out to be a show for the home crowd. The Pioneers have fought back to five-hundred once again and now have a 16-16 record.


The Pilots struck early with an RBI double from Jacob Russell (Kentucky) that scored Max Rosing (Cortland St). They scored another run in top of the second when Josh Ludwig (Rochester) led off the inning with a triple and was bunted in by Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer).


In the Bottom of the First inning the Pioneers put up two runs on four hits all on two outs. Christian Knott (East Stroudsberg) singled to right field and Ryan Plantier (Cornell) singled to left field. With a man on first and third, Dave Hoffman (Siena) Singled to right field and scored Knott. Colby Gee (Ithaca) drove a ball to right field and scored Plantier and the Pioneers were up 2-1, but not for long.


The game than sped up as nobody scored and the pitchers settled in until the bottom of the seventh when the Pioneers broke through. The Pioneers broke through for six runs on three hits and an error in the seventh.


 We saw what we have come accustomed to as Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) reached first on an error and was then bunted to second base by the reliable Parker Curry (Samford). Knott walked, and Plantier singled to left field as the heart of the line-up comes through. Hoffman reached first on a fielder’s choice that scored Kalousdian as the Pilots could only get Plaintier out on a great play by the Pilots second basemen Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso). Colby Gee hit a swinging bunt single back to the pitcher that scored Knott, for his second RBI of the game. Clark Pence walked to load the bases and the Pilots changed pitchers. The new pitcher Austin Barnes (Hartford) started his night by hitting Ti Demeo (UC Davis) in the back to bring home a run.


Then to finish the inning in grand fashion Frankie Navarette (Samford) busted out of a slump and the gates with a huge bases clearing triple. The fans cheered along with Frankie as he celebrated this amazing, not to mention one of the most entertaining hits in all of baseball, clutch triple. With one swing of the bat Navarette gets three RBI’s and his confidence back.


Pitching for the Elmira Pioneers was the UC Davis southpaw Spencer Henderson. Out of the pen was the Ithaca Bomber Brandon Diorio. That was all the Pioneers needed as Henderson pitched for six inning only giving up two runs and striking out two pilots. Diorio came out of the bullpen on a mission as he threw three innings almost to perfection giving up only one hit and that was to win the game for your Elmira Pioneers.


The Pioneers are off today and are heading into a two game road trip in Glens Falls than to Adirondak. They won’t be back at Historic Dunn Field until Sunday July 21st to do battle with the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. Sunday will be the first installment of the Trading Card night where all kids under 12 will receive the first stack of Elmira Pioneers Trading Cards. Fans, come on out and see who will be in the first round of cards Sunday evening, gates open at 4pm game starts at 5pm. For ticketing information call 734-2690.