Burns Helps Extinguish Late Inning Rally By Red Wings In Extras, Pioneers Win 5-4
The Elmira Pioneers met with the Geneva Red Wings at McDonough Park to complete a home and home sweep.
Elmira was the first to score as Kyle Ruth (LIU Brooklyn) would hit an RBI single to bring in Phil Madonna (Siena). After that, the hot bat of Zeke Lewis (Kentucky) would reach on a fielder’s choice and that in turn would send in Ty Denzer (Kansas) to bring the score 2-0 Pioneers.
In the fourth inning, Denzer would lead off with a walk to reach first. Connor Burns (Samford) followed with a nice doubly laced down the first base line to set up the runners in scoring position. Another RBI single by Ruth and a sacrifice fly by Lewis would widen the lead to 4-0 after the fourth inning.
As the Pioneers started to feel comfortable with their lead the Red Wings tack one on in the seventh thanks to a Jordan Wiley (Kalamazoo) fielder’s choice. In the following inning, The Red Wings battled back with three straight runs thanks to an RBI single from Britton Araujo (Oglethorpe) and another RBI single from Wiley.
The score would be knotted up at 4 going into the ninth but solid pitching by Ethan Daily (Louisiana at Monroe) would put the game into the extra tenth inning. Blake Buckman (Louisiana at Monroe) led off with a long double to get things going. After that, Connor Burns would hit a double of his own to the left center gap of McDonough Park to give the Pioneers a 5-4 lead.
Parker Caracci (Mississippi) would be handed the ball in the tenth to complete the save as he only allowed one hit and struck out one batter to end the game 5-4 in favor of the Pioneers in the tenth inning.
The winning pitcher for the Pioneers would be Ethan Daily, who pitched one inning and struck out two batters. The losing pitcher of the Red Wings would be Joe Kwasniewski (Walsh) who pitched two and a third innings of relief and gave up the winning run. Elmira starter Andrew Sipowicz (Canisius) would get the no decision but pitched really well in six innings of the game. He allowed no runs, gave up three hits and two walks but struck out six batters.
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