Pioneers Win Third Straight in 16-5 Rout of Adirondack
By: Doug PageSunday, September 2, 2012 | Categories:
Boonville, NY – The Elmira Pioneers headed north Monday night to pay their first visit to “The Smith” this season against a west division foe Adirondack. The Pioneers came into the game fresh off a double header sweep of Utica, while the Trail Blazers were looking to snap a five game losing streak. Elmira entered the game just a half game back of first place Newark in the west division, having played one less game.
Reigning PGCBL co-pitcher of the week Sam Sinnen (Old Dominion) took to the mound for Elmira after picking up two wins in the span of six days. The Pioneers offense would
spot Sinnen an early lead to work with as they plated four runs in the opening frame against Adirondack Starter Rollie Lacy (Creighton). Elmira sent eight batters to the plate in the inning as the highlight would be a two RBI triple off the bat of Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) for his sixth extra base hit of the season.
Sanisteban would pick up right where he left off in the second inning against the Trail Blazers, drilling a three run home run out to right field that put Elmira on top 7-2. The home run was Santisteban’s second of the season as his first came with two runners on base against the Newark Pilots at Colburn Park. Sinnen would settle down after a shaky first inning in which he allowed his first two runs of the season, ending a scoreless streak of 12 innings pitched. He would work through the fifth inning allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Pioneers would add to their lead late in the game as Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) picked up a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings followed by a two RBI double from Derek Deler (Florida International) in the ninth inning to round out the scoring and give Elmira a 16-4 lead. The Trail Blazers would plate a run in the bottom of the ninth inning before Tucker Rekucki (Bucknell) would be able to close things out in a non-save situation. Elmira would use four pitchers total en-route to their tenth win of the season and third in a row, making them 10-6 on the season. Sinnen earned his third win with the Pioneers and Zac Bellinger (Saint Rose) finished the night 4 for 5 with four singles and one RBI.
The Pioneers will have their first official “off-day” of the season on Tuesday and then head to Watertown on Wednesday for a match-up with the Rams. The Pioneers will then head home to host the Utica Brewers on Thursday night at Dunn Field. The Pioneers will celebrate Stitches birthday throughout the game as there are great seats still available to help make the night one to remember. Saturday night the Albany Dutchmen are in town and fans will be able to get an Elmira Pioneers flag while entering the ballpark. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the Pioneers office located at Dunn Field. Fans with any questions can give the Pioneers a call at 607-734-2690.
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