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Early Offense not Enough as Pioneers fall to Newark

By: Doug Page

Monday, August 20, 2012 | Categories:
Elmira, NY - The first place Elmira Pioneers saw their four game winning streak snapped Monday night in Newark with a 13-5 loss. The Pioneers (16-12) made just their second visit of the season to Colburn Park, picking up a win in the previous game against the Pilots (15-13).
The Pioneers offense clicked early on in the second consecutive game against the Pilots. With runners on first and third in the top of the first inning, Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) gave Elmira a 1-0 lead with his team leading 26th RBI of the season scoring TJ Dixon (Samford) from third base. Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) made it 2-0 Elmira with his first hit of the night scoring Nick Walker (Old Dominion) from third base.
Leading 3-0 heading into the bottom half of the inning, Newark would have an offensive answer of their own against Elmira starter Roberto Suppa (Cornell). Three hits in the inning including an RBI double would pull the Pilots to within a single run after a full inning of play. Suppa's night would end quicker than anticipated as Pioneers Manager Matt Burch decided to call upon his bullpen with a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning.
Brandon Diorio (Ithaca) would be given the task to hold the Pilots at bay after plating runs in each of the first two innings of play. Diorio would go to his breaking ball early and often in the inning, but the Pilots showed patience as they scored twice in the inning to take a 5-4 lead. Trailing heading into the fifth inning, Zac Bellinger (St. Rose) would knot things up for Elmira at 5-5 with his third home and second this season at Colburn Park.
Trailing 6-5 in the sixth inning, the Pioneers seemed poised to take their second lead of the night as they were able to load the bases up and chase Newark starter Jayson Yano from the game. With just one out in the inning and a new pitcher on, Elmira would be unable to get the big hit to break the tie as Andrew Tidwell recorded the final two outs of the inning to allow the Newark fans to breath.
A solid effort from the Pioneers bullpen in relief of their starter would take a hit in the seventh inning as Newark would muster together six hits, including a solo home run to take a 13-5 lead. Elmira wouldn't go down without a fight in the ninth inning as they were able to put two runners on base after being hit by pitches from Newark reliever Wyatt Padget. With runners on first and second, Derek Deler (Florida International) got the signal to pinch hit and nearly missed placing a ball down the right field line before being snagged by the Pilots first basemen who recorded the games final out.
The Pioneers return home Tuesday night to host the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. Fans will be treated to the first double-header of the season at Historic Dunn Field. Both games are scheduled for seven innings with the gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. in the first game. The second game will follow shortly after the completion of the first game. Throughout both games fans will be able to purchase $1 Hot Dogs from the Pioneers Concession Stand!! To get your tickets visit the Pioneers front office located at Dunn Field or call 607-734-2690 for more information.
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