The Elmira Pioneers Break Through at Home.
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Elmira N.Y. June 29th, 2013 -
Pioneers finally deal out a thrashing to somebody at their very own Historic Dunn Field. Tonight there were hits and runs in surplus as the Pioneers themselves totaled seventeen hits and fifteen runs. Both teams totaled twenty-seven hits and twenty-two runs. Every fan left satisfied, with a vast array of action and not to mention Free Cowbells from Party Time.
The action packed night started off right in the first couple of innings. Everyone knew this was going to be a hit festival, but the bats were cracking in the third inning. It was 2-1 Elmira going into the third inning, as the Hawkeyes put up three runs in the top. The inning started with a Ben Hall (Central Alabama C.C.) double and then he scored after a Nolan Ray (Kentucky Wesleyan) single. Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) doubled to right field scoring both Ray and Nate Lotze (Kenyon), who reached with a walk.
After Cooperstown’s showing the Pioneers answered back with five runs of their own, starting with a Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) single to center. The next hit of the inning a Ty DeMeo (UC Davis) single to the third baseman scored his college teammate Henderson. After a run was walked in, up to the plate stepped Chris “The Jasper” Kalousdian (Manhattan) who did not disappoint. As usual, the hot bat came through as he cleared the bases with a roped double to right center field. After the third inning with a score of 7-4, Cooperstown scored two more to cut Elmira’s lead to one.
That did not stop the Pioneers though, as they scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kalousdian led off this time with a single to third base and was later driven in by a Henderson double to right field. Following that Ryan Plantier of Cornell singled scoring Henderson. Dave Hoffman (Siena) reached second on a single and advanced to second on a throw from the outfield. With two men in scoring position the catcher from Temple Andrew Nist hit a single to the left field wall scoring both Hoffman and Plantier.
The Elmira Pioneers could’ve stopped there, but didn’t as they piled four more runs on in the bottom of the eighth. Andrew Nist hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly for the first run of the inning. With two runners still on Matt Pelt (Wofford) doubled to deep left field to clear the bases. Just for good measure Chris Kalousdian smoked another ball to left for a double to score Pelt, bringing the score to a finish at 15-7 in favor of the home team Elmira Pioneers.
Danny Britt (Trinity Christian Ill) will receive a no decision for his efforts after striking out five Hawkeyes in three innings of work. The win goes to Clark Pence (Morehead St.) who only allowed one earned run in two innings of work. Chris Gould (Saint Rose) also disserves some credit as he only gave up two hits and one run in three innings of work to protect the lead. Parker Curry (Stamford) came in in the ninth inning to finish the game up even though it was not a save situation.
The Elmira Pioneers will be back at it tomorrow with a pivotal double-header against the Watertown Rams. First game starts at 2pm, gates open at 1pm. Don’t forget that your ticket is good for both games and the whole day at Dunn Field. Kids, remember to wear your Youth Baseball jerseys to get into the game for free and to enjoy the national anthem on the field with the Pioneers Players. For ticketing information call 734-2690.
THE ELMIRA PIONEERS...CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF BASEBALL IN THE TWIN TIERS!