Walker’s Three Run Blast Keys Pioneers 7-6 Victory
By: Doug PageSaturday, August 4, 2012 | Categories:
Elmira, NY - Nick Walker's three run home run in the bottom of the 2nd inning propelled the Elmira Pioneers to their 26th win of the season on Tuesday night. The Pioneers held off a 9th inning rally from the Adirondack Trail Blazers to pick up the 7-6 Win. With the victory the Pioneers enter the final day of the 2014 PGCBL regular season tied for 1st place in the west.
Brandon Diorio (Ithaca) toed the mound for his 3rd start this season in the final meeting this year against the Trail Blazers. Diorio would work in and out of trouble in the first frame. Adirondack would strand a runner at third after Alex Tuccio grounded into a 5-4-3 inning ending double play.
The Pioneers would take the games first lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning against Adirondack starter Jesse Whitmeyer. With the bases loaded Taylor Skerpon (Penn State) would give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead with a single into right field. Mike Fahrman (Florida) and Zac Bellinger (Saint Rose) would come around to score after working a walk in each of their at-bats.
Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) would give Elmira a 3-0 lead scoring from third base on a wild pitch. Hillson kicked off the inning with a single and then was able to reach third after a two base error from Whitmeyer. After two walks to Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) and Bellinger the Pioneers would take a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Nick Walker (Old Dominion) connected on his first home run of the season as he drove a pitch over the left field fence to give him 3 RBI on the night.
Pioneers Manager Matt Burch turned to another staff night in front of the home crowd with the PGCBL playoffs right around the corner. Elmira would use nine pitchers against the Trail Blazers as Diorio, Austin Von Herbulis (Skagit Valley), Jeremy Soule (Fairfield), Zach Pidgeon (Ithaca) and Zach Bican (Pitt-Bradford) would all work a scoreless inning of relief. Adirondack would make a game of things late as the Trail Blazers scored six times over the final four innings of play.
Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) would score what would eventually be the game winning run for the Pioneers in the bottom of the 7th inning as he kicked off the inning with a his first triple of the season. Kalousdian would score one batter later on a wild pitch to put Elmira on top 7-4. Blake Oyler (Kentucky) entered in the 9th inning for Elmira looking for his 3rd save of the summer. The Trail Blazers would try to mount a rally with their backs against the wall. Adirondack would cut the score to 7-6 as Justin Korenblatt delievered a pinch hit RBI double.
With the Win Elmira now looks to lock up the west division with two games left at Dunn Field. The Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs come into town for a double header Wednesday night. The first game will be a completion from July 8th when the game was called in the top of the 4th inning with the Pioneers trailing 7-3. The second game will consist of 7 innings and start shortly after the first game finishes.