Elmira Pitching Smoked in Blowout Loss to Victor
VICTOR, N.Y.- The Elmira Pioneers allowed 14 runs to cross home plate as they lose to the Victor Railriders 14-4 at Victor High School Field. With the loss, Elmira falls to 10-8 on the season. Victor moves to 8-6 and in a first place tie with the Pios in the west division.
Elmira starter Nate Matheson was the losing pitcher. The lefty went four innings, gave up five on eight hits, walked two and struck out three.
The winning pitcher was starting pitcher John Saviano for Victor. Saviano went five innings, gave up two runs, on five hits, struck out four and walked four.
After scoring no runs in the first three innings, Victor got on the board first. Nolan Schultz (Rochester) smashed a solo home run to straight away right field to give the Railriders a 1-0 lead.
Later, after an Aaron Endres (Norfolk State) single, Dale Wickham (Cornell) smacked an RBI single to bring home Endres. Then third baseman Tommy Wagner (Cornell) walked and Brady Acker (George Mason) tripled to score two more runs for a 4-0 lead. Mark Cardinalli added an RBI sacrifice fly to increase Victor’s lead to 5-0.
Elmira would get two back in the fifth. After Keegan Maronpot (Wake Forest) singled, and took second base on a wild pitch, Will LaRue (Xavier) drove home Maronpot with a single of his own. LaRue would advance to second on a stolen base, then to third on a Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) single, and later score on a wild pitch.
Continuing to score, though, was Victor. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nate Ricci (Jacksonville) singled and advanced to third on a double by Nolan Schultz off relief pitcher Casey Wenzel (Binghamton). Later, Endres brought home Ricci on an RBI ground out to third, giving the Railriders a 6-2 lead.
In the eighth inning, the game was blown wide open. After the Pios scored two runs to cut the deficit to two the Railriders responded with eight more runs. RBI’s in the inning included a solo home run by Acker, a two-run double by Ricci, an RBI walk by Wickham, a two run single by Wagner, and another two-run double by pinch hitter Chris Intocaso (College of Saint Rose). All of the runs were charged to right hander Jake Greer (Samford), who pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up five hits.
Back in the starting lineup from a lower body injury was Hayden Kelly (Florida State). The left handed hitter went 0-3 on the day.
LaRue continued his sensational summer campaign with three hits and two RBI’s. The centerfielder also stole a couple of bases on the day.
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.