Pioneers Drop Extra Inning Affair Against Glens Falls
By: Doug PageFriday, August 17, 2012 | Categories:
Glens Falls, NY - The Pioneers entered play Wednesday night just a game out of first place in the West Division. After a late inning rally by Elmira, they would take part in their second extra inning game of the year. The Golden Eagles would send their fans home happy as they scored in the bottom of the 10th inning to pick up a 5-4 victory.
Taylor Ahearn (Siena) made his fifth start of the season looking to improve on his 1-2 record. Ahearn came into the game with the 2nd lowest ERA on the team for a starter only trailing Bryson Hough (Bucknell). Ahearn would give Pioneers manager Matt Burch a quality start against Glens Falls working six innings while just two unearned runs.
The Pioneers continued to show their ability to stay in a game despite trailing after a two run bottom of the 3rd inning for the Golden Eagles. Elmira would pick up their first run of the game in the 7th inning against Glens Falls starter Mike Harrington. Zac Bellinger (St. Rose) would get the wheels turning as he laced a ball into the left centerfield gap giving Elmira their first extra base hit on the night. Taylor Skerpon (Penn State) would copy Bellinger in the very next at bat as he too would hit a ball to centerfield but would be dropped to put runners on second and third.
Jason Patnick (Manhattan) delivered his biggest at bat of the night as his single to right field would tie up the game for Elmira at 2-2. With both teams turning to their bullpens in the late innings, Elmira would keep the momentum on their side. Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) would kick off the 9th inning with a bang as he laid down a bunt that would give the pitcher trouble as his throw would go down the first base line allowing Hillson to advance all the way to third base on the play.
Elmira would take their first lead of the night as Bellinger picked up his 2nd double of the game scoring Hillson from third to make it a 3-2 ball game. The Pioneers would add an insurance run later in the inning off a SAC fly from Derek Deler (Florida International) to make it a 4-2 game heading to the bottom of the 9th inning. Glens Falls would not go down quietly after finding themselves trailing on their home field.
Matt Horton (Cornell) who entered the game very effective against left handed batters was unable to stop a rally put forth by Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles would match the two runs that Elmira plated in the top half of the inning to send the game into extras. With the infield pulled in to try and cut down the potential winning run to score from third base, the Golden Eagles would hit a slow ground ball towards second base and into centerfield to score the winning run.
With the loss Elmira drops to 16-13 on the year but remains just a game and a half out of first place as Watertown had the night off. The same two teams will meet up at East Field on Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Pioneers return home to Historic Dunn Field on Friday night to kick off Country Weekend! The Watertown Rams come in for two huge games as fans will receive free Cowboy Hats courtesy of Texas Roadhouse. Saturday night the team will be handing out a free Pionettes team photo. Both games will start at 7:05 p.m. And gates are set to open one hour prior to first pitch. You can get your tickets by visiting the Pioneers front office at Dunn Field or call 607-724-2690 for more information.
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