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Pioneers Draw Massive Crowd For Home Opener

4,062 fans show up for 125 home opener at Dunn Field

Monday, December 17, 2012 | Categories:


Elmira N.Y. June 8, 2013 –

On a huge Saturday night here at Historic Dunn Field the Elmira Pioneers brought the biggest crowd that they have seen in over five years. A staggering 4,062 fans were here in attendance tonight to watch the Pioneers do battle for their home opener. The fans were loud and they were very entertained we had a really close ball game and I enormous fireworks show after the final pitch.

Your Elmira Pioneers took their first loss of the season tonight as they fell to the Albany Dutchmen 3-2. The Pioneers jumped on the board in the first inning, but after that their bats fell silent as the night went on.  As a team the Pioneers could only muster two hits in this game and they all came in the first inning from Colby Gee (Ithaca) and Chris Knott (East Stroudsberg). Those two hits led to a run from a wild pitch and an RBI from a deep sacrifice fly by Andrew Nist (Temple). After that not a single Pioneer batter reached base.

The rest of the game was a quite one until the top of the seventh inning when the Dutchmen broke through with three runs. The inning began to look good for Albany after two walks. After the walks Danny Crowe (Elon University) single drove in Jack Wietlispach (Niagra University) and Nate Rupiper (University of Memphis) who both walked. Later in the same inning Tyler Orris launched an RBI double to the deep part of centerfield scoring Danny Crowe. These were the only two scoring innings in the baseball game.

The Pioneers started Dan Black (VCU) today and he didn’t allow a single run in six innings of stellar baseball. Black struck-out five batters and only let up one walk and two hits.

The Dutchmen’s starter Bryan Carr (Saint Rose) after having a shaky first inning giving up two earned runs settled down and finished his day with a win. Carr finished with six innings giving up two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and only one walk. Ben Seabrook (Univ. of Nothern Alabama) came in and closed the game down in the ninth inning with two strikeouts.

The Pioneers next home game is Wednesday June 12th against the Watertown Rams and this will go into a five game home stretch for the Elmira Pioneers. Fans, for more up-to-date information go to