Pioneers Stymied by Pilots Starter Yano
By:Doug PageThursday, August 9, 2012 | Categories:
Elmira, NY- The Pioneers (19-17) came into play Saturday with a chance to pull even with the Newark Pilots for 2nd place in the PGCBL West Division. Newark (21-15) would have other plans on the night as Jayson Yano tossed his 4th complete game of the season to put the Pilots in a tie alongside Watertown for 1st place. Elmira saw an early lead slip away in front of their home crowd as they fell 7-1.
Sam Sinnen (Old Dominion) was determined to get back into the win column as he made his 7th start of the season. Sinnen seemed to be locked in early as he retired the first nine Newark batters in order to start of the game. The Pioneers offense would get the games first run in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Jason Patnick (Manhattan) raced home from third base after Taylor Skepron (Penn State) stole second base to catch the Pilots off guard and make it a 1-0 game.
Heading into the 3rd inning both pitchers made it clear that they were poised to take over the game for the 2nd consecutive night after the Pioneers picked up a huge win in Newark on Friday night. Tanner Giesel would give the Pilots their first and only lead of the night as he made it 2-1 with a 2 RBI double into left field. Newark would tack two more runs onto their lead in the 5th inning against Sinnen to make it a 4-1 game. Tim Lewis would score the first run of the inning from third base after an error and the second run would come on a wild pitch scoring Logan Boyher.
The Pioneers would try to mount separate rallies in the 5th and 7th innings as runners would get into scoring position in each of the innings. Taylor Hillson (Mansfield), Zac Bellinger (Saint Rose), Nick Walker (Old Dominion) and Taylor Skerpon (Penn State) would each tally a hit on the night for Elmira. Blake Oyler (Kentucky) worked a scoreless 9th inning for Elmira as he was one of three pitchers to come out of the bullpen against the Pilots.
The Pioneers will look to take the third game of the three game set between the same two teams tomorrow when they meet up for a Sunday matinee at Colburn Park in Newark. The Pioneers will return to Dunn Field Tuesday night as fans will be able to pick up the first of three sets of Pioneers trading cards courtesy of Multi-Media Services. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with the first pitch at Dunn Field scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Pioneers front office at Dunn Field. For more information on any upcoming home games give the Pioneers a call at 607-734-2690.
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