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Pioneers Fly By Newark in Extra Innings

Pionners take care of business in 13 innings

Friday, December 21, 2012 | Categories:


Newark NY, June 5th, 2013 – On Wednesday night in Newark it took the Elmira Pioneers (1-0) thirteen innings to spoil the Newark Pilot’s (0-1) home opener at Colburn Field. The Pioneers out battled the Pilots to a final score of 6 – 4.


The Pioneers benefited from a strong performance from starter Tommy Alexander (Old Dominion), who went six innings and gave up only one earned run on six hits.The Pioneers bullpen was able to hold off the Pilots to win the season opener on the road. The Elmira relievers combinedgave up three runs on nine hits.


In the 11th inning the Pioneers took a 4-2 lead off a two-run single from Christian Knott (East Stroudsburg) scoring both Brian Bashara (Old Dominion) and Matt Pelt (Wofford). In the bottom half of the frame the Pilots tied the game. Matt McKinnon (University of Pennsylvania) scored on an RBI from Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) after being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Fox later came across the plate on an RBI double from Josh Ludwig (Rochester, N.Y).


With the score tied 4-4 in the top of the 13th inning Elmira’s Matt Pelt led off with a double. Frankie Navarrete (Samford) laid down a bunt to move Pelt to third and then Colby Gee (Ithaca) broke the tie with an RBI single to score Pelt from third. Gee later scored on a Ryan Plantier (Cornell) RBI single.


The Pilots had a chance in the bottom of the 13th to extend the game but with runners on first and third Parker Curry (Samford, 1-0) got Newark’s Taylor Hinshaw (Georgia College) to ground out to end the game.


Tommy Alexander, the Pioneers starter finished without a decision after six innings of one run baseball. He struck out three pilots and only walked two. The bullpen was tested early, the Pioneers needed Tanner Hawley (Wofford), Jasper Adams (Ithaca), and Chris Gould (Saint Rose), before Parker Curry (Samford) came in to pitch the eleventh inning and finish the game. Curry ended with three strikeouts and the win in three innings.


The Pioneers bats were led by right fielder Chris Knott who went two-for-four with two singles and two walks and two RBI’ s. Colby Gee and Ryan Plantier chipped in with an RBI each.


The Pioneers game at Watertown has been cancelled for tonight and will be rescheduled at a later date in the season. This Friday the Pioneers have their home opener against the Newark Pilots, expect another barn burner. On Saturday, Elmira has their second game of a two game home-stand against the Albany Dutchmen. Come on out to Dunn Field and enjoy some entertainment for all ages as the Pioneers will be celebrating their 125th season with a great FIREWORK SHOW. For more up-to-date information visit