Pioneers Fall to Newark, 13-11

The Pios snagged out a big 14-6 victory on the road Saturday night up at Dwyer Stadium against the Muckdogs and hopped the bus for another road affair yesterday. Elmira sat just a half game back of the Tarp Skunks entering play, but having to continue this stretch of so many games to be played in such a short time - Andy Drum elected to sit a handful of the regulars. Dom Popa, Ben Schorr, Cam Hill, and Donovan Montgomery all recieved the day off as Jeff Mejia and plenty of others drew back in. 

After the bus ride, Elmira looked to Samford's Logan Jones in his second start of the season away from the friendly confines of home. The Pilots turned to Newark native Julius Teabout as he looked to continue his dominance he found a week prior, going 5 shutout innings. 

Elmira got the offense going quickly in the first two innings. Jeff Mejia walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Bobby Marsh RBI single in the Top of the 1st for a 1-0 lead. The first half of the second inning saw Peter Theodorellis crank a double and cruise in after a Mejia RBI single. With the deficit at 2-0 and the Pilots cracking the ball hard off Jones, they managed to break through in the bottom of the second. Brennan Chisholm came in on a Jason Fointno RBI single to cut it to just a 2-1 game, but Newark did leave the bases loaded that half inning.

Justin Taylor picked up his first home run of the season in the third inning, crushing a ball over the fence in right field that drove Marsh and Chris Erickson around the base paths to move the advantage to 5-1 Elmira.

That would be short-lived however as Newark combined to plate 11 runs over the course of the next two innings, as they forced Jones out after just the third. The most noticeable hits from the Pilots run include two bases-clearing RBI triples by Fointo and DiMartino.

Trailing now by 7, the Pioneers bullpen went into shutdown mood and the offense started to heat up again. Marsh hit in a couple of runs in both the 6th and 8th innings, cutting the deficit to just 12-11 heading to the bottom of the 8th inning.
Newark's Chisholm got drilled on the jersey by a pitch that got away from Kinsley and crossed the plate on a hard hit Adamo single after a stolen base, giving the Pilots the insurance run and more than they'd need as they grabbed the win 13-11.

The Pioneers look to right the ship as they hit the road for the third straight night tonight to battle the Outlaws of Oneonta at Damaschke Field for the first time in 2021. Don't miss a minute of the action on YouTube and Mixlr.