Pioneers Fall in Home Opener
ELMIRA, NY-After an hour long rain delay, the Pioneers got down to business in their home opener against the Adirondack Trailblazers. Though the Pioneers managed 8 hits and 5 runs in the contest, they were ultimately let down by some inconsistent defense.
The action started in the second inning with a remarkable 4 run inning from the Pioneers. Justin Hayes, the right outfielder, hit a single to load the bases. Afterwards, the left fielder Tim Delph ran in for a run of a pop fly out from Dustin Hoiles. First baseman Christian Santisteban hit a single and brought in two runners shortly thereafter.
In the fifth inning, a wild pitch from Trailblazer Joe King brought Nick Graham, to give the Pioneers a 5-0 lead. Elmira pitcher Nate Matheson pitched through the first five innings for a no-hitter, but was pulled in the sixth.
In the 8th inning, things went south for the Pioneers as the Trailblazers managed six runs off of one hit, and several Pioneers errors. These errors by third baseman Sam Clark led to two runs. Pitching also hurt the Pioneers tonight, as those who replaced Matheson put up several walks and were plagued by wild pitches. Two wild pitches led to runs, as well as a walk which put a man past home plate.
The game was called in the bottom of the eighth, after the Trailblazers managed to put up another run to bring their lead up to 6-5. The Trailblazers won the game 7-5, but there are positives to be gleaned from the Pioneers outstanding hitting and clean starting pitching.
The Pioneers play next tomorrow night at 7:05 against the Newark Pilots at Dunn Field. Fireworks will follow the game.