LaRue and Lewis Shine in Victory against Glens Falls
GLENS FALLS, N.Y.- For the second straight night the Elmira Pioneers jumped out to a bigearly lead, and then defeated the Glens Falls Dragons for a 5-2 PGCBL win at East Field.With the win the Pios improve to 9-5 on the season while the Dragons fall to 6-9.
Elmira got on the scoreboard in no time. Will LaRue tripled off Glens Falls starting pitcher Matthew Sturchio to center field on the second pitch of the game. Shortstop Zach Rutherford then lined a single to right to drive home LaRue for Elmira’s first run of the game. Later on in the inning, third baseman Tyler Plantier singled in Rutherford and Elmira took a 2-0 lead.
Sturchio settled down after that rough first inning, retiring six straight over over the next two innings while striking out six. Meanwhile, Elmira starter Justin Lewis was dealing, allowing only a couple of singles singles by centerfielder Danny Oliveri and no runs scored through the first four innings.
The Pioneers added to their lead in the top half of the fifth inning. LaRue led off with a bunt-single. Then after LaRue stole second and third, Rutherford took a walk to put runners on the corners. Later, LaRue would score on a passed ball, and Plantier again singled up the middle to drive in his second run of the game.
Elmira scored again in the sixth. Taylor Hillson singled off of Glens Falls reliever Matthew Stojkov. Hillson would eventually move to third and then came across the plate after a passed ball to give the Pioneers a five run lead.
Glens Falls began a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Vieth led off the inning with a sharp double down the right field line. Ryan Hooper then reached when he was hit by a pitch, and the runners were bunted over to second and third by Zach McIlroy. Pinch-hitter Oscar Rodriguez then doubled to right-center field to cut the Glens Falls deficit to 5-3. The Dragons loaded the bases later in the inning, but Lewis got out of the jam by getting Mark Powell to pop up to end the inning. Glens Falls did not threaten again.
LaRue finished 3 for 5 on the evening, stealing three bases and scoring a pair of runs for Elmira. Christian Santisteban was 2 for 4, while Plantier also finished with a pair of hits and two RBI’s.
Lewis got the win for the Pioneers as he went seven innings, giving up five hits, while striking out five and allowing no walks. The hurler is no 1-0 on the season.
In a loss, Matthew Sturchio went 4 2/3 innings giving up hits, four runs, four walks and striking out 8. He moved to 1-1 on the season.
Elmira remains on the road as they take on the Adirondack Trail Blazers Saturday night at 7:05 P.M. The Pioneers are back at Dunn Field Sunday evening, June 21st, when they take on the Albany Dutchmen at 5:05 P.M. Sunday is fathers day and fans in attendance can play catch on the field with dad courtesy of his tabernacle. It is also Bobby K. Sunday Funday at the ballpark. For tickets, stop by the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce St. or call 607-734-2690. Also be sure to keep up with the team and historic Dunn Field online at theelmirapioneers.com