Pioneers Win in Close Exhibition Game
ELMIRA, NY- After three innings of scoreless play for a crowd of 2,800, the Pioneers struck first in the bottom of the fourth in an inter-league exhibition game against the Syracuse Salt Cats. The run came off of an error at third by the Salt Cats which brought Brian Barefoot home. Barefoot had been moved to third off of a walk, followed by a single by Jordan Bishop and a walk from Keegan Maronpot.
Syracuse answered just half an inning later, taking advantage of walks and two singles. They brought home runner Lucas Tevlin on an RBI single from Adam Thoryk, and Thoryk would then move home on a balking call from Pioneers pitching Tristan Widra. This made the score 2-1 in the Salt Cats favor.
Elmira would respond immediately, taking advantage of defensive issues for the Salt Cats. Sam Clark walked to start the inning, and then moved to second on a wild pitch. He was brought home by a single by Josh Lovelady, and a fielding error which moved Lovelady to second. Lovelady would come home on a double from Justin Hayes, making the score 3-2.
After a walk from Brian Barefoot, a single from Bishop would bring Hayes home and extend the lead. Keegan Maronpot hit a single right after, and Barefoot was able to cross the plate. The Pioneers would lead 5-2 headed into the sixth inning.
Syracuse would bring two home in the sixth on two walks and a single. This would narrow the Pioneers lead to 5-4. Roaring back were the Pioneers, scoring two runs of their own. Josh Lovelady and Brian Barefoot would both walk in the sixth, and Jordan Bishop would hit a double to deep centerfield to bring them home.
The Pioneers scored again in the seventh, as Mike Korchak hit a double, and advanced to third on a fielding error. He was brought home by Dalton Hoiles, who in turn scored off of a single from Josh Lovelady. This extended the Pioneer’s lead to 9-4.
The five run lead would not last, however, due in part to an RBI triple from Adam Thoryk in the top of the eighth, which brought home Justin Bilodeau and Chris McGee. Evan Holland was brought home on a beautiful bunt earlier in the inning, and the score was 9-7. Ryan Bellelo then hit an RBI single to bring home Thoryk.
9-8 would be the final score of tonight’s game. Though it was an exhibition game and does not affect league standings, it was an excellent for the Pioneers, on which they hope to learn and grow from moving forward. The Pioneers next play at home on Thursday against the Victor Railriders. The game will feature a birthday party for Stitches and a drawstring backpack giveaway courtesy of Arc of Chemung.