Pioneers Early Offensive Spark Falls Short Against Watertown
By: Doug PageTuesday, August 14, 2012 | Categories:
Elmira, NY – With first place in the PGCBL West Division on the line again Saturday night, the Pioneers entered the game in front of the Rams for the top spot. An Elmira win on the night would separate the two teams by a full game, but a sixth inning rally by the Rams would shake things up in the west once again as they took home a 10-4 victory.
Sam Sinnen (Old Dominion) came into his sixth start of the season looking to become the first Pioneers pitcher to earn win number five. Sinnen worked around a rams single in the 1st inning as Matt Diorio was stranded at first base. Watertown would get onto the scoreboard in the 2nd inning after an error and a walk put runners on first and second base. Ben Wylly gave the Rams a 1-0 lead with a double down the right field line and would be followed by an RBI groundout from Robbie Alessandrine to make it 2-0 for the visitors.
Elmira looked poised offensively to get the game tied up in the bottom half of the inning as they loaded the bases up against Watertown’s starter Anthony Magovney. Magovney issued two walks to Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) and Jason Patnick (Manhattan) while also hitting Jordan Taylor (Radford) in the inning as the Pioneers looked for hit from the bottom half of their lineup. The Rams would get out of the bases loaded situation as Derek Deler (Florida International) hit a bullet to third base that allowed for the force-out to end the inning.
The Pioneers would solve Magovney in the 4th inning as they were able to load the bases once again. With a run already in on an RBI single by Deler, Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) would empty the bases as he drove a ball into centerfield. Santisteban got credit for two RBI’s on the play as the centerfielder would mishandle the ball to allow him to reach second base and put Elmira on top 4-2.
The Rams would put together a rally as well in the 6th inning against Sinnen. Watetown would tie the game up 4-4 on an RBI single from Alessandrine and then take the lead in the next at bat as Santino Alteri reached on an error at first base. Trailing 5-4 the Pioneers would turn to their bullpen as Zach Bican (Pitt-Bradford) would come in with the bases loaded. Facing Diorio, he would clear the bases with a ball that was well hit into centerfield to give the Rams an 8-4 lead.
Elmira’s attempts at a rally throughout the later portions of the game would come up short as the bullpen for the Rams would able to work in and out of some patchy innings. With the loss Sinnen falls to 4-2 on the season and Elmira (18-14) sits a half game behind Watertown and Newark for first place in the west. The Pioneers hit the road for back to back games on Sunday in Albany and Newark on Monday.
Final preparations are underway to get Historic Dunn Field ready for the 2014 PGCBL All-Star Game that will take place on Tuesday July 15th. The PGCBL’s best talent will hit the field for a full day of activities that will allow them to showcase their talents in front of scouts from various Major League organizations. Gates will open for fans at 5:00 p.m. with the 2014 PGCBL Home Run Derby set for 6:00 p.m. Zac Bellinger (St. Rose) will represent the Pioneers in the long ball tournament. The All-Star Game will get underway at 7:05 p.m. as the East will take on the West, who will be managed by Elmira’s own Matt Burch. Tickets can be purchased at the Pioneers front office and for more information the Pioneers can be reached at 607-734-2690.
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