Late comeback pushes Pioneers past Geneva, 11-8
By: Sam JellinekFriday, July 28, 2017 | Categories:
ELMIRA, N.Y. – It took a late four-run surge in the eighth inning, but the Elmira Pioneers (26-21) took down the Geneva Red Wings (28-20) by a final score of 11-8 on Friday evening at Dunn Field.
The Pioneers raced out to a five-run lead thanks to a big first inning. Brett Rodriguez (Wofford) opened the scoring when he scored on a wild pitch and a subsequent single from Brayden Combs (Kentucky) pushed the lead to two. A Tyler Melko (Northampton C.C) groundout would then plate Combs who had advanced to third after a walk to Brett Vosik (Kansas) and a wild pitch. After a walk to Jonathon Crimmin (Siena), Colton Evans (UC-Davis) singled to right field and scored two runs giving the Pioneers five first inning runs.
The Red Wings would respond immediately however in the top of the second. With two outs, a bases loaded walk to Trustin Riley (Tampa) got the Red Wings on the board. Dominic Toso (Bucknell) then followed up with a two-run single to cut the deficit to two. Will Simoneit (Cornell) was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring Geneva to within one. Joseph Tassin (Bossier Parrish C.C) completed the comeback for Geneva when he singled home two runs giving the Red Wings a 6-5 lead.
Elmira would tie the game up in the bottom half of the frame when Conor Grammes (Xavier) went deep to left-center, his third home run of the season.
Geneva then jumped back on top with two more runs in the third inning. A Riley single would plate Justin Etts (NJIT) and a subsequent Toso double would score Riley giving the Red Wings a two-run lead.
The Red Wings lead would be cut in half in the bottom of the fourth. Grammes would claim his second RBI of the day when he singled to left scoring Andrew Orzel (Wofford), thus bringing the score to 8-7 Geneva.
With the score still 8-7 Geneva in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Pioneers threatened to tie the game with two outs and runners at first and second. Devon Adams (Old Dominion) would single to left, but a perfect throw from Mikey Arman (Kenyon) would nail Crimmin at the plate preserving the Red Wings one run cushion.
The Pioneers could not be contained for much longer however, as they exploded for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. With Rodriguez at third and Orzel at second, Grammes ripped a double down the left field line giving the Pioneers their first lead since the first inning. Brett Vosik (Kansas) would then score Grammes with a single into right, giving the Pioneers a two run lead. But the Pio’s were not done yet, as Melko then crushed a triple to right-centerfield scoring Vosik and pushing the Elmira lead to three.
TJ Stuart (Manhatten) would come on for the ninth inning, working a perfect frame en route to claiming his second save of the season.
Shane Barringer (Siena) is credited with the win after he worked two scoreless innings of relief.
Garrett Uhl (UT-Dallas) is tagged with the loss after allowing all four runs in the Pioneers eighth inning comeback.
The Pioneers will be at home again tomorrow, Saturday, July 29th, for a doubleheader against the Utica Blue Sox. Game one will be a resumption of the suspended contest from Monday at Utica, with play resuming in the top of the sixth inning. Game two is scheduled to start at 7:05.