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Pioneers Ride Offense to Big Win Against Newark

By: Doug Page

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | Categories:
Newark, NY- The Pioneers will be happy to see another teams name on the lineup card when the Elmira hosts Utica at Dunn Field on Tuesday night. Elmira and Newark finished off a three game set Sunday afternoon at Colburn Park. The Pioneers would use a late offensive barrage to score 11 runs over the final four innings to pick up a 12-8 win. The win is Elmira's 20th of the season as they now sit just one game back of Newark and Watertown for 1st place in the west.
The Pilots would take an early lead against Elmira as they went up 1-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Derek Reed hit a ball to left field that allowed the Pilots to score the runner from third base. The Pioneers wouldn’t trail for long as they answered with a run of their own in the top of the 3rd inning. Joe Guaragna (Old Dominion) led off the inning with a double into the right centerfield gap and would score from third base on an RBI from Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) to tie the game up 1-1.
With both teams trading runs back and forth, Tim lewis would give the Pilots a three run cushion as he hit his second home run of the season to right field in the bottom of the 3rd inning to give Newark a 4-1 lead. The Pioneers would help to get Taylor Ahearn (Siena) off the hook as they would rally to cut the Pilots lead to 4-3 in the top of the 6th inning. Elmira would get their first run of the inning off an RBI single from Taylor Skerpon (Penn State) that scored Zac Bellinger (Saint Rose) from second base. Skerpon would then come in to score from third base on a wild pitch.
Trailing 6-3 heading to the 7th inning, the Pioneers would have enough as the offense kicked into full gear scoring six runs to erase the deficit and take a 9-6 lead. The inning would be highlighted by 2 RBI doubles from Guaragna and Derek Deler (Florida International). Elmira would plate all six of their runs with two outs in the inning against the Newark bullpen. The Pioneers would tack on three more runs in the final two innings to take a 12-6 lead heading into the 9th inning.
The Pilots would try to rally in front of their home crowd as they would pick up two runs in the final frame, but Jeremy Soule (Fairfield) was able to close things out for Elmira as he worked three innings of relief allowing just the two runs to score. Taylor Ahearn garnered the win as he moved to 2-2 on the season. Ahearn worked through six innings and struck out a game high four batters in the process. The Pioneers move to just a game back of first place in the west as Newark and Watertown remain tied after the Rams lost earlier in the day.
The Pioneers are back in action at Dunn Field on Tuesday night as they kick off a three game home-stand. The Utica Brewers come into town for the first game as fans will be able to pick up the first of three Elmira Pioneers trading card sets courtesy of Multi Media Services. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Pioneers front office located at the ballpark. For more information give the Pioneers a call at 607-734-2690.
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