Cummings Hurls Complete Game in Win at Newark
NEWARK, N.Y.- Kyano Cummings (Siena) continued his brilliant pitching this season pitching a complete game and giving up one run in Elmira’s 6-1 victory at Newark Thursday night. With the win the Pioneers moved to 28-15 on the season and, with the Victor RailRiders loss, are now five and half games up in the west division. Newark fell to 16-26 and are not 11 and a half games in back of the Pioneers in the division.
On the bump for the Pilots Thursday night was Pat Ryan (Iona). The Pioneers would score first in the fourth inning off Ryan by way of a Mike Korchak (Bucknell) single and a wild pitch which scored Josh Lovelady (Mississippi State).
In the fifth inning, Elmira continued to score. Justin Hayes tripled to right field and scored off a throwing error by second baseman Blake Valley (University of San Francisco) to stretch the Pioneers lead to 3-0. Newark got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Anthony Spina (Amherst College) hit an infield single with the bases loaded to score catcher Mike Lanza (Bryant University).
That was all the runs Newark would get off Cummings. The Pioneers, though, continued to score off Pilot pitching. In the seventh, Lovelady ripped a single to center field off relief pitcher Kevin Berge to score Rob Perteet (Samford) and Elmira stretched the lead to 4-1.
Continuing their late inning scoring was Elmira, who brought home lone runs in the eighth and ninth. Justin Hayes singled to left field in the eighth to score Korchak and give the Pios a five run cushion. Elmira went up 6-1 after Keegan Maronpot (Wake Forest) grounded out with the bases loaded and brought home Perteet.
Newark got a runner to third in the ninth, but Cummings shut the door on another Pioneers victory by getting Willy Yahn (Connecticut) to ground out and Elmira won the contest.
Cummings secured his fifth win of the season while only allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight batters. Getting the loss for Newark, Ryan gave up three runs on 3 hits while walking six and striking out seven batters.
Having a good night at the dish for Elmira was Justin Hayes who went two for five with a triple and a single. Anthony Spina. who brought home the only run of the game for Newark, went one for three.
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.