Pioneers Honor Military With Wounded Warrior Weekend
Elmira Pioneers held the Wounded Warrior Weekend at Dunn Field. The weekend kicked off on Friday, July 15th, with the Wounded Warrior Concert at Historic Dunn Field. The concert featured great performances by Rust, Still Kickin and Wendy Owens & Renegade. These bands certainly rocked as the stage was set on the field where the crowd gathered in excitement to hear these talented bands perform throughout the evening.
Today, the Pioneers hosted a motorcycle ride. An entire line of riders circled the outside of the stadium as they all prepared to head out on the road to return later on to Historic Dunn Field. At 1:00 p.m, the riders headed down Luce St. to honor the Wounded Warriors.
The riders would return to Historic Dunn Field in style before the opening pitch of the softball game. Motorcycles roared in through center field carrying along with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. After an amazing pre-game ceremony which introduced the Wounded Warrior Team.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team put up six runs on nine hits off of the Pioneers in the first two innings of play. Thomas Carlo (US Marines) would work a no hitter into the third until Ty Denzer (Kansas) lifted a single to left field put up the first Pioneer hit of the night. Josh Cosgrove (Onondaga C.C.) would bring in the first run of the night, followed by four straight RBI singles from Kyle Stuart (Samford), Danny Madden (St. Bonaventure), Ethan Daily (U. of Louisiana at Monroe) and Phil Madonna (Siena). The Pioneers would be down 6-5 entering the fourth inning.
The Pioneers would put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 9-6 lead against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. In the fifth inning, the Pioneers recognized all the veterans in attendance. The Pio’s put up four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to lead 13-6.
Chris Paulsen (U.S. Navy) would work a walk against Elmira pitcher Brian Kelly (Siena) to load the bases. A RBI single from Nick Clark (U.S.Army) and a sac fly from Mattias Ferreira (U.S. Army) would put two runs to rally again. Josh Wege (U.S. Marines) would hit an inside the park home run to bring the score 13-12 Pioneers.
After the Pioneers answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Justin Hewitt (U.S. Army) would hit a three run home run to bring the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team to tie the game at 16. The game would end in a tie at 16 apiece as following the game, there was a post-game fireworks show that was the night cap to an awesome weekend.
All ticket proceeds from these events will be donated to Bath VA and Medical Center & Stirin’s Military Rehabilitation.
Tomorrow, the Pioneers will face off against the Oneonta Outlaws at 5:00 p.m. at Historic Dunn Field. This game features free Hilliard Thundersticks and it is also Bobby K Sunday Funday!
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