Elmira Scores 5 Runs in Ninth to Win vs Utica
UTICA, N.Y.- The Elmira Pioneers brought home five runs in the ninth inning to come back and defeat the Utica Brewers 6-5 at Donovan Stadium. The Pios hammered nine hits including two in the top of the ninth in the victory. With the victory Elmira remains atop the west division in the PGCBL and has a 12-8 record. With the loss Utica moved to 9-12 on the season.
Starting for Elmira was right hander Will Zirzow (Florida State). Zirzow went 4 2/3 innings gave up three hits, surrendered five runs, walked five and struck out three.
Michael Messier (Bellarmine) was on the bump to start the game for Utica. The lefty went 6 innings pitched, let up 4 hits, allowed one run, walked three and struck out two Elmira hitters. Both pitchers did not factor into the decision.
After a scoreless first inning, the Pioneers got on the board in the top of the second. After Dalton Hoiles (Shippensburg) walked with two outs, catcher Josh Lovelady (Mississippi State) singled, which advanced Hoiles to third base. Jordan Bishop (Siena) grounded a single to the right side to drive home Hoiles and the Pios had a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Brewers would get that run back. Tadarious Hawkins (Henderson State) began the inning with a single and stole second base. After a dropped third strike allowed Hawkins to move to third, Kyle Schade (St. Andrews) brought him home on an RBI ground out to tie the game at one.
Utica took the lead in the fifth inning. A Ryan Rosas (Kutztown) walk, an error by Pioneers shortstop Tommy Mirabelli (Kansas), which allowed Hawkins to reach base, a walked loaded the bases. Schade grounded into a fielder’s choice which put out Rosas. Then first baseman Dominick Bregar (Colorado State-Pueblo) walked to bring home Hawkins. Third baseman Mason McClellan (Charleston Southern) smashed an RBI double to left field which cleared the bases and the Brewers took a 5-1 lead.
It would remain 5-1 until the top half of the ninth inning. Hoiles walked to begin the inning and advanced to second on a Bishop single to right field. Keegan Maronpot (Wake Forest) grounded a single to right to load the bases. Will LaRue (Xavier) then walked to bring home Hoiles to make it a 5-2 deficit for Elmira. The Pios would make it 5-3 when Mirabelli was hit by a pitch. Then first baseman Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) ripped a single to right field which scored two runs and tied the game at 5. Mirabelli then scored on a wild pitch to bring in the go-ahead run.
Michael Scarinci (Manhattan) struck out two in the ninth inning to secure the win and his second save of the season.
The winning pitcher in relief was Pios righty Mike Stephens (Bucknell). Stephens went two scoreless innings, giving up no hits and striking out one batter.
The losing pitcher for Utica was Alec Morrison (Holy Cross). The left hander went 1 1/3, gave up three hits, four runs, walked two and struck out one.
Taylor Folsom (Florida State) also pitched for Elmira and went 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, striking out two batters.
The next game for Elmira will be at home Saturday against the Adirondack Trail Blazers. Mini-bats will be given away courtesy of Weiss Construction, and there will also be post-game fireworks courtesy of Arnot Health. 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.