Pios Fall 14-1 In Shortened Game
The Pioneers came into Sunday afternoon's game needing two Watertown losses and a victory of their own to secure a playoff berth. Fortunately one of those two things happened so despite a large loss Elmira is teetering on the edge of the playoffs. A singular win in their next three games, a doubleheader against the Oneonta Outlaws on Tuesday and a finale on Wednesday against the Newark Pilots, or another Watertown loss would put the Pios into the playoffs again.
The Sunday afternoon game started with promise for the Pios as three of their first four hitters reached base and they tallied a run on a Trae Harmon hit to bring around Jeff Mejia. Unfortunately that is where the positive stopped. Kevin Teschko started for Elmira and had a solid first four innings, allowing just two runs. The fifth inning saw another run cross the plate and some discomfort for Teschko who would be removed with two runners on base. Chase Austin came in and shut down the remaining batters in the fifth.
The sixth inning was where everything went down hill. 11 runs crossed the plate and the best efforts from Austin and reliever Trevor Henneman could not stop the Outlaws onslaught. The game came to an end after a lightning strike close by the field while Elmira still only had one out in the bottom of the sixth with runners still on the base paths.
The Pioneers will be looking for redemption Tuesday in a double header against the Outlaws beginning at 5:05 pm at historic Dunn Field. Tuesday will also be the final Chemung Canal Trust night of the season and free team photos for fans! Get your tickets now at 607-734-2690!