Pios Sweep Twin Bill In Adirondack
BOONVILLE, N.Y.- Elmira starter Jared Proctor (Kentucky) had 30 minutes to prepare for his start this afternoon at Robert Smith Sports Complex and it didn’t seem to phase him. The left handed pitcher earned the win in the first game of a double header as the Pioneers defeated Adirondack Trailblazers 4-3. Proctor went five innings, gave up four hits, and 3 runs in the victory, his second of the season. Interestingly enough the lefty’s only two wins this season have come in Boonville.
The Pioneers gave Proctor all the run support he needed in the second inning. With two runners on base, Troy Squires (Kentucky) hit a ground ball to second baseman Kyle Walker (Rutgers). Walker threw the ball home as Keegan Maronpot charged to the plate. The throw went low and all the way to the backstop which allowed Maronpot to score and Tommy Mirabelli (Kansas) to follow him and Elmira had an early 2-0 lead. Later, Dalton Hoiles (Shippensburg) sacrificed home Squires on a fly ball to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead. Will LaRue (Xavier) added an RBI Single to put the Pios up four runs.
Proctor was shaky towards the end of his start but battled through the fourth and fifth innings as the Trailblazers tried to come back. Adirondack would score their first run in the fourth off a Brett Connors (Siena) RBI sacrifice fly.
In the fifth inning with two runners on base, Bryan Haberstroh (NJIT) reached first base on an error and Walker and Alderman came around to score to cut the Pioneers lead to 4-3. Proctor got out of a two base runner jam by way of a Connors flyout and that ended his night.
Rob Perteet (Samford) and Ryan Bellomo (Siena) came in to close out the next couple of innings and the Pioneers won the ballgame 4-3.
Getting the loss for the Trailblazers was starter Will Jahn (Northeastern). Jahn went six innings, allowed five hits, four runs, two walks and struck out three batters. The righty moved to 3-2 on the season.
In game two, Mike Korchak (Bucknell) would not only pitch but also hit, as the Pioneers did not go with a designated hitter. But the hitting star was definitely first baseman Sam Clark (Bucknell). In the top of the first inning, Clark hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Rob Perteet and the Pioneers had a 1-0 lead.
The left handed hitter wasn’t done though. In the third inning, Clark drilled a three run home run off Adirondack starter Jason Martin (SUNY Cortland) and extended the Elmira lead to 4-0.
The Trailblazers would get one back in the bottom half of the inning. Designated Hitter Mike Flax (La Salle) grounded into a fielder’s choice that brought home Garrett Longhurst (Albany), and the Pios lead was cut to 4-1.
Mike Korchak, who was dealing on the mound, helped himself out in the fourth inning. Korchak ripped an RBI Single to right field to score Josh Lovelady (Mississippi State) and extended the Elmira lead to 5-1. It would become 6-1 after a sacrifice fly by Justin Hayes (Old Dominion).
In the bottom of the fourth, Brendan Looby (Chesnut Hill), clubbed a solo home run to make it 6-2 Pioneers.
Pioneers would get their final two runs in the seventh inning. Lovelady lined a single to right field to score Clark. Then Jordan Bishop hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Mirabelli and the Pioneers led 8-2.
Adirondack scored one more in the ninth after an error by right fielder Rob Perteet, but that is all they got. Elmira won the ballgame 8-3.
Korchak got the win. The left hander went 5 innings, giving up 3 hits and allowing two runs.
Getting the loss for the Trailblazers in the second game was Martin. Martin went five and two-thirds innings of six run ball, allowing 5 hits and striking out two batters.
The Pioneers moved to 32-15 on the season while Adirondack fell to 17-29. Elmira next plays Newark on Tuesday at 7:05 P.M.
Your Pioneers’ last home game of the regular season will be on July 30th at 7:05 p.m. against the Utica Brewers. The regular season finale will feature post game fireworks! The fireworks are sponsored by Chemung County. This night also features a free team photo sponsored by Multi-Media Services and this game is also sponsored by Chemung Animal Shelter. For more information on the game, visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or call 607-734-2690. For more information on the Pioneers, visit theelmirapioneers.com.