ELMIRA, NY- GAME ONE-The first of two games in tonight’s doubleheader between the Elmira Pioneers and the Adirondack Trailblazers began in sloppy fashion after a pair of Pioneers errors allowed a run to score. The first error came on a poorly handled ball from Adirondack second baseman that allowed Matt Brown (Birmingham-Southern) to reach base. Brown would come home later in the inning on an error from pitcher Kyano Cummings (Siena), who overthrew a throw to first.
The game would be tied up just half an inning later after some excellent small ball from Taylor Hillson (Mansfield). After hitting a single to centerfield, Hillson was moved over to second and then third on two sacrifice hits. Afterwards, a wild pitch from John O’Reilly (Rutgers) would bring Hillson home to tie the game at 1-1.
Hayden Kelly (Florida State) then moved over to first on a strikeout from O’Reilly that was mishandled by Adirondack catcher Brad Jones (Florida Tech). He then moved over on a single from Keegan Maronpot (Wake Forest) that was overthrown, allowing Kelly to take third. Kelly would come home on an RBI single Josh Lovelady (Mississippi State), taking the lead.
The Pioneers would extend their lead in the third after Kelly was walked and moved to second on a wild pitch from O’Reilly. Maronpot then stepped up to hit a ball all the way to the wall down the left field ling for an RBI double, bringing Kelly home.
Another run was scored in the fourth after Brian Barefoot (Louisiana-Monroe) reached second on an Adirondack throwing error. Taylor Hillson then singled and allowed Barefoot to move to third. He was brought home on a slow RBI single for Justin Hayes (Old Dominion), raising the score to 4-1 in the Pioneers favor.
4-1 would be the final score of the first game, with Cummings taking the win for Elmira. Cummings added nine strikeouts to his league-leading total, raising it to 45 on the season. Taking the loss for Adirondack would be John O’Reilly, who pitched well but gave up all four of the game’s runs.
GAME TWO- The Pioneers would strike first in the second game on loaded bases in the first. After Will Larue (Xavier) was hit by a pitch, he was moved over by a hard hit Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) single down the first base line. Tyler Plantier would get a walk from Adirondack pitcher Tim Burr (Florida Tech), loading the bases. Burr would then walk Troy Squires (Kentucky) and force Larue to run home.
Adirondack would respond in the top of the second with a run of their own. Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo) hit a triple to the wall in centerfield. He would come home on a fielder’s choice, tying the game at 1-1.
The Pioneers would score again in the third after some inconsistent pitching from Burr. Hayden Kelly would be hit by a pitch, and would move over on a bunt from Troy Squires. Kelly would then come home on a bunt from Barefoot, giving the Pioneers the lead.
Adirondack would retake the lead in the sixth inning another deep triple from Kwitzer put him in scoring position. Bryan Haberstroh (NJIT) would then be hit by a pitch and move to first. Nick Fanneron (Northeastern) would bring Kwitzer home on a single, and Haberstroh would score on a bunt from Matt Brown to give Adirondack the lead. They would score once more in the inning, after Kyle Walker (Rutgers) hit a double moving Fanneron home and making the score 4-2.
Elmira would regain the lead just half an inning later after Tim Delph reached on a fielding error, and was moved over on a Will Larue walk. New centerfielder Rob Perteet (Samford)then stepped up for the Pioneers and bunted for a single, which was overthrown at first allowing both Delph and Larue to score, and moving Perteet to third. Santisteban then hit a single to right field and brought Perteet home to put the Pioneers back in the lead. Santitsteban would move over on a sacrifice bunt and a walk for Plantier, and would then come home on a sacrifice fly ball, giving the game its final score of 6-4.
Jake Greer (Samford) would win the second game for the Pioneers with two innings pitched and three strikeouts thrown. Zach Crim (Chestnut Hill) would take the loss for the Trailblazers as the Pioneers swept their doubleheader.
The Elmira Pioneers next play at home this Wednesday with a doubleheader against Mohawk Valley. Free Save-a-Lot Koozies will be handed out, and gates open at 4:00 PM with the first game beginning at 5:00PM. For tickets to this game, visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or call 607-734-2690. For additional information, visit theelmirapioneers.com.