The Pioneers returned to the field tonight to battle the struggling Oneonta Outlaws after yet another off day yesterday. The rain wiped away an exhibition in Batavia, giving elmira a chance to rest up as they continue this stretch of 23 games in 23 days.
Holden Wilder took the starting job tonight for the home town side seeing his first team besides the Batavia Muckdogs in his third start. Kievan Finnegan, also starting for the third time, was in a similar spot as he had only seen the Albany Dutchmen in his two prior starts.
Wilder sent down the first six Outlaws hitters he saw and got a boost in the bottom of the first frame as Jeff Mejia reached on a two base error by Jacob Hand and came around to score on a Donovan Montgomery RBI single.
With a 1-0 lead, the Pioneers ran in to defensive trouble in the Top of the 3rd as Oneonta nailed two runs on a 2 RBI single in to the gap in right center field by Keoni Coloma.
Montgomery ran Elmira back in to the ball game in the bottom of the third, reaching on an error, stealing second, and rushing in on a shallow RBI single from Cam Hill in the latter half of the the third to tie it up 2-2.
The Outlaws knocked around a stretched Holden Wilder in the Top of the 4th for two more runs as well. Mario Demera picked up the go ahead RBI single and another run scored courtesy of a wild pitch to make it a 4-2 visitors lead.
Despite a brilliant 5 innings from the Elmira bullpen, the bats could not come alive and the Pios drop back in the standings as they fall to 10-6 on the season with a 4-2 loss. Tomorrow night come on out and check out your Elmira Pioneers as they welcome the Newark Pilots in to historic Dunn Field for the first time in 2021 at 7:05pm! Tickets are still available by calling 607-734-2690!