Delph Singles in Final Pioneers Appearance
NEWARK, N.Y- In his final game with Elmira outfielder Timmy Delph (Florida State) recorded one hit in five at bats, but the Elmira Pioneers’ (27-15) offense can only get six hits off Newark Pilots (16-25) pitching in an 8-3 loss Wednesday at Colburn Park. On the other side Newark scored their eight runs on ten hits and remain two and a half games behind Utica for the final playoff spot.
Tristan Widra (Samford) got the start for Elmira and was immediately given a lead by his offense. In the top of the first inning with one out, Sam Clark (Bucknell) drove home Keegan Maronpot (Wake Forest) with an RBI single and the Pios had a 1-0 lead.
That was all the run support Widra would get, though, and it came back to bite the Pioneers. Widra in the bottom of the third gave up six runs on a Blake Valley (University of San Francisco) RBI sacrifice fly that brought home Nick Wegmann (Binghamton), a Mark Martin (Le Moyne) RBI single, a Willy Yahn (Connecticut) RBI groundout, a throwing error by Maronpot which scored two runs, and Will Gorman (RIT) RBI double.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Pilots continued to score. On a double steal try byy Valley and Kyle Norman, Josh Lovelady (Mississippi State) committed a throwing error that brought home Valley and Newark grabbed an 7-1 advantage. The Pilots would score one more run in the seventh inning off a Yahn single to center field which drove home Martin.
Pios would get two back in the ninth, when Lovelady laced an RBI single to left center and Dalton Hoiles (Shippensburg) worked an RBI bases loaded walk.
Getting the win was right hander Jake Wloczewski (Binghamton) for Newark. Wloczewski pitched five inning of one run ball, allowing four hits, walking six and striking out two batters.
Widra received his second loss of the season. Widra gave up four runs in four innings, giving up seven hits, two walks and striking out one batter.
Tim Delph’s only hit of the night came in the second inning when he ripped a single to left field off Wloczewski. In the top of the ninth inning, Delph flew out for his final at bat and was met with cheers from the Pioneers players and from the Newark fans at Colburn park. The coaches allowed him to bat first and play center field as a great gesture for his contributions to the Pioneers.
“It’s tough leaving these guys...It’s been a great year,” Delph said. “Just for the coaches to do this for me, to make it a great day is pretty cool”
The Pioneers thank Tim for his contributions this season and know that many more are accomplishments to come for him in the years to come.
Your first place Elmira Pioneers return home Friday, July 24th against the Utica Brewers, and Saturday, July 25th against the Newark Pilots. Friday’s game is free water bottles and Frisbee night, and will feature amazing post-game fireworks. Join us Saturday for Pink in the Park and a multimedia trading card giveaway. For tickets, visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or call at 607-734-2690. For more information about the Pioneers, visit theelmirapioneers.com.