A long ride to Boonville, NY did not stop the current momentum the Pioneers seemed to be having in PGCBL conference play. The Pioneers would rack up 17 hits in a 6-4 win over the Adirondack Trailblazers.
Things got started right away for the Pioneers as they loaded the bases in the first inning and scored a run off a fielders choice.
After the first inning, everything was steady, quick and quiet for the most part as batters could not gain any momentum off the starting pitchers Andrew Sipowicz and Dylan Borawski.
Then everything was blown wide open at the top of the sixth inning. Rob Perteet led off with a deep triple to right field and would be scored by a Brian Kelly sacrifice fly. After that, the hits just kept on coming. In the sixth inning, six hits would bring in three runs to bring the score 4-0.
The bats stayed warm in the seventh as well, as four hits would bring in two runs for the Pioneers. The Trailblazers would finally score in the bottom of the seventh off a Chuck Hooker double and a Joe McHugh single. The Pioneers would carry a 6-2 lead into the 8th inning.
The bases would be loaded again in the 8th inning thanks to the top of the order of the Pioneers but they would be unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Zack Helsel would be brought in to pitch in relief in the 8th inning. He struggled to find the zone with first four batters and allowed a run to walk in. However, he settled down and limited the damage with bases loaded with Trailblazers with two strikeouts and a lineout to third baseman Joe Preziuso.
The Trailblazers would look to rally off of Cody Thompson in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Pioneer defense would limit the damage to a run and bring the game to a close with a third to first double play, bringing the final score of 6-4.
This win would not have been possible without the steady arm of Andrew Sipowicz. In his win, he struck out nine batters, allowed two hits and no runs in six innings pitched. The losing pitcher Dylan Borawski pitched five and a third innings allowing four runs on six hits and two walks.
The Pioneers were also paced by Troy Dixon, Rob Perteet, Joe Preziuso and Blake Buckman with the bats as they all batted over .500 in this game.
Tomorrow the Elmira Pioneers will play the Trailblazers again at home tomorrow for Pink in the Park Night! It is also Chemung Canal Trust Co. Night with free poster schedules. The game’s opening pitch is set at 7:05 p.m. For more information about our next home games, visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or contact them at 607-734-2690. For more information on the team, visit theelmirapioneers.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or follow our games live through Ustream!