Nick Walker Delivers Clutch Hit, But Pioneers Drop Third Straight
Monday, September 17, 2012 | Categories:
Monday night's game was not what the Elmira Pioneers had in mind. They found themselves with pitchers lacking their best stuff and hitters struggling to deliver in key situations. However, even as the Pioneers (2-3) dropped their third consecutive contest to the Albany Dutchmen (5-0), they showed the ability to battle through adversity that will propel them moving forward.
Right-hander Taylor Ahearn (Siena) made his season debut for the Pioneers and gave up six hits and a walk in his outing while also seeing an error made behind him. However, with the help of well-located fastballs, curveballs with big break, and excellent defense behind him, he held the Dutchmen to just two runs in his four frames. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) helped him escape the first inning with a rocket to gun down Cameron Miller at home plate before Taylor HIllson (Mansfield) started a 5-4-3 double play to end the second frame. For Ahearn, he showed flashes of potential that he will hope to sustain for subsequent outings.
The Pioneers eventually found themselves trailing 5-1, but Austin Hill (Ithaca) made sure the score would stay the same, working around a bases loaded situation to toss a scoreless 7th inning. Then, in the top of the 8th, Nick Walker (Old Dominion) came up to the plate with runners on second and third with one out and laced a two-run single to right-center to make it a 5-3 game. After Tucker Rekucki (Bucknell) stranded two more base runners in the bottom of the 8th, the Pioneers found a way to rally once again in the 9th.
After Collin McGee (Cornell) reached on a two-out error, Hillson worked an excellent plate appearance against Albany's Kyle Zurak, eventually reaching base via a walk. The walk capped a huge day for Hillson that saw him go 2 for 3 with a pair of singles. The Pioneers made it a close game until the very end and left Dutchmen fans shaking in their boots. This time, though, they fell just short to drop to 2-3 on the season.
The Pioneers will hope for a lift from their home crowd as they return to Dunn Field to take on the Newark Pilots at 7:05 PM on Tuesday night. It’s guaranteed win night with the Pioneers and great seats are still available by visiting the Pioneers Front Office at Dunn Field or by calling 607-734-2690.
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