Elmira, NY – The first place Pioneers (16-11) closed out their USA Home-Stand with at 7-4 win against the Newark Pilots (14-13) on Sunday night in front of 2841 energized fans. TJ Dixon (Samford) lead the offensive charge for the Pioneers by going 3 for 4 with 3 singles and 2 runs batted in.
Sam Sinnen made his fifth start of the season for Elmira looking to improve on his 3-1 record. Sinnen worked around a one out walk in the top of the first inning to keep Newark off of the scoreboard. Elmira would find their way onto the scoreboard first in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Walker (Old Dominion) drove a ball into the left field corner to put a runner into scoring position. Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) would trade spots with Walker one batter later, driving him in from second base to make it a 1-0 game.
Elmira kicked their offense into second gear in the bottom of the third inning. Dixon would pick up his first RBI of the night with a single that scored Jason Patnick (Manhattan) from third base to give Elmira a 2-0 lead. Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) would score on a fielder’s choice that allowed Taylor Skerpon (Penn State) to reach base and make it a 6-0 ballgame against Newark starter Robert Robbins (Stevens).
The six run lead would be enough for Sinnen as he worked into the seventh inning against the Pilots. Newark would try to mount a rally in the inning after a single and a walk put two runners on base. Zach Bican (Pitt-Bradford) would enter with two outs in the inning and get Luis Silverio (Palm Beach State) to pop out on just one pitch.
Leading 7-2 heading into the ninth inning, the Pioneers would turn to Blake Oyler (Kentucky) to close out the game. Newark would make things a little interesting for fans at Dunn Field as they plated two runs on a single from Silverio to make it 7-4. Jack Gerstenmaier (Richmond, VA) entered his at bat as the potential tying run, but would ground into a fielder’s choice as Elmira would get Silverio out at second base to secure the victory.
The Pioneers return home on Tuesday night for a double-header at Historic Dunn Field. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will be in town for a pair of games against the PGCBL West Division leading Pioneers. Gates will open for fans at 5:00 p.m. with the first game scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and the second game to follow shortly after. Fans will be able to purchase hot dogs for $1 throughout the game as the Pioneer look to strengthen their hold atop the division. Fans can join in on the fun by purchasing tickets at the Elmira Pioneers front office located at Historic Dunn Field. For more information give the Pioneers a call at 607-734-2690.
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