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Long Ball and Dominant Pitching Pushes Pioneers Past Newark

By: Doug Page

Friday, August 10, 2012 | Categories:
Newark, NY – The Elmira Pioneers (19-16) opened up the first of three straight games against the Newark Pilots (20-15) with a decisive 10-3 victory at Colburn Park. The Pioneers moved to within a game of tying the Pilots for 2nd place in the PGCBL West Division.
Bryson Hough (Bucknell) came into his 7th start of the season fresh of a start in the 2014 PGCBL All-Star Game that was hosted at Historic Dunn Field. Hough would show early on that he was in the zone against the Pilots as he was able to work around a pair of hits from Luis Silverio over the course of the first three innings.
The pace of the game would be controlled by the pitchers as there would be just three hits combined put on the scoreboard through the first four innings of play. It would take a couple of tries from the Pioneers offense to finally break through against Newark starter BJ Nobles. Elmira would get their first good scoring opportunity in the top of the 5th inning as they were able to get runners on 2nd and 3rd base. Nobles would get out of the jam however as he would get Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) to hit a grounder right back to him.
Hough would stretch his scoreless innings streak to 17 as he held the Pilots to just three hits through seven inning of work. With the dominant effort from Hough, Elmira took their first and only lead of the night in the 7th inning against Newark. The Pioneers would send nine players to the plate in the inning en route to scoring five runs to take a 5-0 lead. The inning would be highlighted by a bases loaded RBI single from TJ Dixon that would plate the game’s first run.
Elmira would take a double digit lead in the 8th inning as Dixon drove a ball to left field that would get past the diving outfielder and make its way to the fence. Dixon would showcase his speed on the play as he would round third base with a full head of steam on his way home to complete the inside the park home run. Nick Walker (Old Dominion) scored ahead of Dixon as he lead off the inning with his 5th double of the season making it a 7-0 ballgame. Zac Bellinger (Saint Rose) continued the scoring output as he brought his “King of the Long Ball” swing with him to Newark sending a towering drive over the centerfield fence with two runners on base for a three run home run. The fourth home run of the season from Bellinger capped off the scoring for Elmira to make it a 10-0 game and give him the team lead.
Newark would break-up the shutout bid by Elmira pitching in the bottom of the 8th inning as they plated three runs against Pioneers reliever Zach Bican (Pitt-Bradford) to cut the deficit to 10-3. That would be as close as the Pilots would get on the night with Matt Horton (Cornell) striking out the side in the 9th inning to end the ballgame and Elmira’s three game losing streak.
The Pioneers return home Saturday night for game 2 against the Pilots on FREE Mini Bat Giveaway Night courtesy of CMS. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates opening one hour prior at 6:05 p.m. Great seats are available by visiting the Pioneers front office at Historic Dunn Field. Give the Pioneers a call at 607-734-2690 with any questions. The
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