Late Home Run Stifles Pios Comeback in Adirondack
Adirondack’s Ryan Dorow hit a late home run to push the Trailblazers passed the Pioneers 9-8.With the loss Elmira falls to 9-6 on the season while Adirondack improved to 7-8.
Elmira starter Kyano Cumming pitched six innings of two run ball, striking out nine. Stephen Himic, Adirondack’s starter, went 4 2/3 innings giving up 1 earned run and struck out 3. Both pitchers didn’t factor into the decision in the ball game.
The trailblazers got on the board first in the 2nd inning when designated hitter Bobby Slagle ripped a one out double to score first basemen Chris Kwitzer. The Pioneers came back with two in the fourth inning off an error by Adirondack second baseman Mike Flax that allowed catcher Josh Lovelady and third baseman Tommy Mirabelli.
The Pios would extend their lead in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth inning, first baseman Christian Santisteban smacked a single to right field, then stole second base. After left fielder Hayden Kelly moved Santisteban over on a ground out to first base, Lovelady lined a single to right field that allowed Santisteban to score.
In the seventh inning, Will LaRue walked and then stole second base. LaRue then moved to third on a ground out by Taylor Hillson. Then with Santisteban at the plate, reliever Chris Doughty threw a wild pitch which scored LaRue.
During the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Trailblazers would take the lead. After Elmira eliever Mike Stephens surrendered a walk to Mike Flax, and a Garrett Longhurst single, Kyle Walker ripped a base hit to score Flax. Then Kwitzer lined a single off Taylor Folsom to drive home Longhurst. Folsom then threw a wild pitch that allowed Walker to score. Casey Wenzel then came for the Pioneers and allowed centerfielder Evan Alderman, Kwitzer and right fielder Luca Farina to come home. After seven innings the Pioneers were down 8-4 and needed to come from behind.
Elmira would indeed come back in the eighth inning. Centerfielder Justin Hayes walked then advanced to second on a LaRue single. Later, shortstop Taylor Hillson rocketed a single to center to drive home Hayes. After Santisteban singled to load the bases, Hayden Kelly drove home LaRue with a base hit. Following that, Hillson scored on a wild pitch from hurler Tom Fazzini. Mirabelli would then single in Santisteban to tie the game at eight.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Trailblazers would take the lead for good. Dorow smashed a solo home run to deep center field of Wenzel to give Adirondack a 9-8 lead. The Pioneers would get runners on second and third in the ninth but no runs scored as Hillson lined out to end the ball game.
The winning pitcher was Fazzini for Adirondack as he went 1 2/3 innings giving up 3 hits, no runs and striking out 1. Wenzel got the loss for Elmira. The hurler went 1 2/3 innings of one run ball while striking out three Trailblazers.
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