Pioneers Fall to Amsterdam on the Road
The Amsterdam Mohawks crushed two home runs and drove home 11 men to blow out the Elmira Pioneers 11-2 at Shuttleworth Park. The loss puts the first place Pioneers record at 13-9 on the season. With the win Amsterdam moved to a league best 18-6 record.
Amsterdam didn’t waste anytime getting on the board. In the first inning, a Drew Freedman (Wake Forest) single, a throwing error by Elmira starter Jared Proctor (Kentucky), a Hunter Tackett (Auburn) singled, two walks to Brendan Tracy (Fairfield) and Handsome Monica (Arizona) and a double by Tyler Kirkpatrick (Marist) put the Mohawks up 4-0. Amsterdam would add on to their lead in the second inning, scoring two runs after another throwing error by Proctor to make it 6-0. After two singles in the third inning by Aidan McDermott (St. John’s) and Kyle Dean (BYU), a wild pitch and another costly error by Pios catcher Troy Squires (Kentucky) would make the score 8-0.
In the fifth inning, the Mohawks would add to their lead. After Kirkpatrick walked to lead off the inning, McDermott slammed a two-run home run to left field over the head of outfielder Timmy Delph (Florida State) and it gave Amsterdam a 10-0 lead.
In the sixth inning,Tracy drilled a solo home run of his own to right-center field to give the Mohawks an 11-0 lead.
Elmira would cash in a couple of runs in the eighth inning. After Squires singled, utility player Keegan Maronpot (Wake Forest) hammered a two-run home run to left-center field to cut the Pioneers deficit to 11-2. Elmira would not bring home any more runs and 11-2 would be the final score.
Getting the win in relief for Amsterdam was Anthony Romanelli (Wake Forest). The hurler threw two innings of shutout ball and struck out one. The losing pitcher for Elmira was Proctor. Proctor went five innings, gave up eight hits, 10 runs, and struck out four batters.
Mohawks starter Austin Bain (LSU) didn’t get the victory, but was sharp in his first appearance of the season. The right hander threw four innings of shutout ball, and striking out 9 hitters.
Casey Wenzel (Binghamton) and Taylor Folsom (Florida State) came out of the bullpen for Elmira and did a great job. Combined the two pitched three innings, gave up one run on one hit and struck out two.
Having a good night at the dish for the Pioneers were Will LaRue (Xavier) and Brian Barefoot (Louisiana-Monroe). LaRue went 2-5 with a double and Barefoot ripped his first hit of the season, a double, in the second inning.
Next game for the Pioneers is tomorrow night against the Victor Railriders. The game starts at 7:05 P.M.
Be sure to visit Historic Dunn Field for USA weekend Thursday July 2nd, Friday July 3rd, and Saturday 4th. Thursday's game against Victor features post-game fireworks. Friday's game will feature a mini-bat giveaway courtesy of Elm Chevrolet as your Pioneers take on the Newark Pilots. There will be a jersey auction following Saturday's game as well as an M&M stadium horns giveaway. Saturday's game will be a doubleheader against Adirondack. Come see your first place Elmira Pioneers play three straight home games!