Elmira Pioneers 2014 Post-Season Recap
By: Doug PageSaturday, July 28, 2012 | Categories:
Elmira, NY- The Elmira Pioneers finished the 2014 PGCBL campaign with a 26-21 record which placed them second in the West Division come seasons end. The Pioneers also made a trip to the PGCBL playoffs for a second consecutive season under the local ownership group of Don Lewis along with Robbie and Nellie Nichols.
Pioneers co-owner Robbie Nichols said of the 2014 season, "We have the most amazing sponsors and fans in baseball and they have been great in their support of the team and our local ownership group since day one. The attendance numbers speak volumes about how baseball in Elmira is doing and having the opportunity to see Dunn Field packed night in and night out gives us another way to show other teams and fans from around the league exactly what we are doing at Dunn Field."
The Pioneers went 14-9 at Historic Dunn Field in 2014 and also picked up two wins during post season play. Elmira played host to 25 PGCBL contests drawing 75,861 fans for an average of 3,034 fans per game. The Pioneers finished the summer ranked 3rd in the nation amongst some 150 summer collegiate baseball teams. The average attendance numbers are tracked and put together by Ballpark Digest and saw the Madison Mallards from the Northwoods League take the top spot. Elmira also played three games against franchises from the New York Collegiate Baseball league and add in the PGCBL All-Star Game and the Pioneers amassed 80,000 fans that attended a game during the 2014 season at Historic Dunn Field.
“Our staff has worked very hard over the past three years to rank in the top 3 nationally for attendance. Averaging over 3,000 fans per game helps to show how alive and well baseball in Elmira truly is” Stated Pioneers co-owner Don Lewis.
The 2014 season featured many highlights as Dunn Field hosted the PGCBL’s best and brightest stars on July 15th. 4,289 attended the mid-season classic as the East All-Stars picked up a 3-1 win against the West. The Pioneers placed eight players on the all-star roster which lead the division and was second only to Amsterdam, who placed 11 players on the East Division roster. Zac Bellinger (Saint Rose) took home the “King of the long-ball” trophy as he outlasted Mark Williams of Adirondack to win the 2014 PGCBL Home Run Derby.
Individually the Pioneers had a couple of players that put together a productive summer in the Twin Tiers. Samford freshman TJ Dixon appeared in a PGCBL best 47 games batting .339 which was 5th best in the league. Dixon also lead the league in hits (62), at-bats (183) and total plate appearances (206). Sophomore Christian Santisteban from Manhattan helped pace Elmira’s offense throughout the season finishing with a .305 batting average and a team high 32 RBI (3rd in PGCBL). Santisteban also put together a .475 slugging percentage to go along with a .429 on base percentage, each of which were in the top 10 amongst the league leaders. Bryson Hough (Bucknell) dominated on the mound for the Pioneers holding opposing batters to a .179 batting average while posting a 1.02 ERA, both of which lead the PGCBL. The rising senior went 5-0 for the Pioneers through 8 starts and struck out 41 batters compared to just 8 walks.
“I was very pleased with the effort put forth by our team this summer. We had a good mix of younger players that have a bright future ahead of them along with some guys that brought leadership qualities having already played in summer leagues. We look forward to having a successful 2015 season and bringing a championship to the City of Elmira and our great fans” Stated Pioneers Manager Matt Burch.
Dunn Field will be rocking on Friday August 15, 2014 as Margaritaville 4 comes to town. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available to purchase for $10 at the gate. For more information on Margaritaville 4 visit the Pioneers website www.elmirapioneers.com or by calling 607-734-2690.
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