Elmira Pioneers Win Opening Night Under Record Setting Crowd
It was an exciting night here at Dunn Field. The parking lot was jam packed with excited fans waiting to witness the Elmira Pioneers for their first home game of the season.
Troy Dixon got things started at the very first pitch. A bunt single a few feet into the grass allowed Dixon to reach first. From there, the Pioneers capitalized on fielding miscues and shaky pitching to bring in some runs in the 1st inning. After Kyle Ruth reached on an error, Rob Perteet would double to left center to allow Ruth to score. After a walk, a dropped ball from the right fielder and an RBI walk by Phil Madonna, third baseman Joe Preziuso would hit a single to right field and bring in two runs.
First baseman Grey Finwood would single in another run in 3rd inning and would allow Ty Denzer to score. The score after the 3rd would be 6-0. After that, the Pioneers would never relinquish their lead. Two runs in the 5th inning and three runs in the 6th would extend the Pioneers lead 11-1. In the 8th inning, the Jamestown Jammers would try to rally back with 5 runs to cut the score to 11-6 but the Pioneers would answer with five runs of their own to bring the eventual final score of 16-6.
The winning pitcher of the evening was Taylor Ahearn who pitched six full innings, gave up four hits, walked two, allowed one earned run and struck out one batter.
The losing pitcher would be Steve Simmons of the Jammers who lasted 2/3 of the first inning and allowed five runs.
The Pioneers would win the game under a record setting crowd of 5,107 and with a fireworks show during the game.
The Elmira Pioneers play again at home tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. against the Syracuse Saltcats. Tomorrow’s game will feature free Demets Turtles! For more information about our next home games, visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or contact them at 607-734-2690. For more information on the team, visit theelmirapioneers.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or follow our games live through Ustream!