Pioneers Win Close Game with Division Rival Victor
ELMIRA, NY- After losing in Victor Wednesday night, the Pioneers returned home ready to prove that they could compete with Victor. In a tight game, the Pioneers ultimately triumphed 8-6 after standout play from those at bat and in the bullpen.
The action started first with Elmira, who managed to score in the bottom of the first inning. Christian Santisteban (Manhattan), stepped up to the plate and hit the ball over the fence in right center for a solo home run to start the game.
Elmira would put up five more runs in the second, largely due to Will Larue’s (Xavier) triple, which brought in 3 runs, before a throwing erroer from the right fielder brought Larue home as well. One run was also scored earlier in the inning, after Jordan Bishop singled in Tommy Mirabelli, who reached base on a fielder’s choice.
Victor would respond next with a run of its own in the fourth inning, as Evan Fernandez singled in Brady Acker. They three more in the fifth, two of them due to a throwing error made by Elmira pitcher Justin Lewis. This brought the score to 6-4.
In the sixth inning, Victor tacked on another run, and the Pioneers responded with two of their own. Troy Squires brought in a run off a single, and Keegan Maronpot would bring home another run.
After leading 8-5 through several innings of scoreless play, the Pioneers would give up one run in the top of the ninth due in part to some inconsistent pitching by Ryan Bellomo. He walked one run in with bases loaded. Fortunately Elmira
managed to get its third out and end the game, defending their position at the top of the division.
Elmira plays at home again this Saturday against the Adirondack Trailblazers. Mini-bats will be given away courtesy of Weiss Construction, and there will also be post-game fireworks. For tickets for any Pioneers game, visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce St. or contact them by phone at 607-734-2690. For additional information about your Elmira Pioneers, visit their website at theelmirapioneers.com.