Pios Lose Tough Game on Walk Off Error
NEWARK, NY- The Elmira Pioneers (10-7) were downed by the Newark Pilots (6-9) 7-6 in extra innings Tuesday night. With the loss Elmira falls to 10-7 while Newark improves to 6-9.
The winning run was scored on a error by first baseman Christian Santisteban (Manhattan), as the ball trickled into left field.
Starting for Elmira was Kentucky’s Jared Proctor. The hurler went five innings of four run ball, and struck out three batters. For Newark, left hander Nick Wegmann (Binghamton) got the start. He went 5 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, five runs and striking out two. Both starters didn’t factor into the decision.
Elmira wasted no time in scoring the first run of the game. Will LaRue (Xavier) walked to lead off the game. LaRue stole second base and moved over to third on a ground out by Justin Hayes (Old Dominion). Santisteban then grounded out to first and that scored LaRue.
Newark answered with four runs in the second inning. After a Michael Lanza (Bryant) hit a single to lead off the inning, and Cody Wiktorski (St. John Fisher) reached base on a throwing error by Elmira catcher Troy Squires (Kentucky), Kevin Biondic (Maryland) grounded out to short to bring home Lanza.
Later, Anthony Spina (Amherst) walked and then Wiktorski scored on another throwing error by Squires to give the Pilots a 2-1 lead. Following the throwing error Kyle Norman (University of San Francisco) singled in Spina. Norman later scored on a ground out by designated hitter Gabe Levanti and Newark had a 4-1 lead.
The Pioneers would get one back in the third inning. After Keegan Maronpot (Wake Forest) walked to lead off the inning and was forced out on a ground ball by left fielder Timmy Delph (Florida State), Hayes doubled home Delph and was out trying to stretch the double into a triple.
Continuing its comeback ways, Elmira would score again in the fifth. After Maronpot doubled to deep left and advanced to third on a wild pitch, Delph brought grounded out to short to drive in Maronpot.
In the sixth inning, the Pioneers would take the lead. Santisteban doubled to lead off the frame and then advanced to third on a fly out by Tyler Plantier. Then, Tommy Mirabelli (Kansas) ripped a triple to right field which drove home Santisteban. Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) brought home Mirabelli on a single to right field and Elmira had a 5-4 lead.
Newark tied the game in the seventh when pinch runner Blake Valley (University of San Francisco) scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark Martin (Le Moyne).
In the 10th inning both teams would trade runs. In the top half of the inning, Elmira took the lead when LaRue scored off a Hayes single to center field. In the bottom of the frame, Newark tied the game on a walk which scored Martin.
In the 12th inning, the Pilots would win the game. Brian Dudek (Buffalo) singled to lead off the inning and then reached second base on a sacrifice bunt by Biondic. Anthony Spina then hit a grounder to first which was bobbled by Santisteban and it tricked into right field, allowing Dudek to score.
The winning pitcher in relief was Newark right hander Vinny Martin (Iona). Martin went two innings gave up runs on no hits. The losing pitcher was Elmira’s Michael Scarinci (Manhattan) who went 2 1/3 innings gave up three hits, two runs, two walks and struck out two.
The Pioneers’ next home game is 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. It is also Valu Home Centers night. For tickets, contact the Pioneer front office at 546 Luce St, or by phone at 607-734-2690. For additional information on the Pioneers, visit theelmirapioneers.com.