Elmira got it going with some crazy plays at the bottom of third. Troy Dixon (Samford) hit a long ball to right field on top of the wall which was initially ruled a home run. After deliberation between the umpires, it was ruled an RBI ground rule double. Storm Wilson (Kentucky) would be brought in to score on an obstruction call. Following the weird sequence of events, Phil Madonna (Siena) would hit a RBI ground rule double to put the Pioneers up 3-0.
Jason Patnick (Manhattan) kept the hits going with a long shot to left field to put the Pioneers up 4-0. The Pioneers would also take advantage of an error by the Red Wings to score two more runs in the top of the fifth to bring Elmira up 6-0.
Geneva would stop the scoreless drought in the bottom of the sixth to bring the score 6-1 in favor of Elmira. However, back to back RBI singles by Ty Denzer (Kansas) and Joe Preziuso (Cansisus) would put on two runs in the top of the seventh. Patnick would finish the scoring in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to center to put Elmira into a commanding 9-1 lead.
Geneva would try to rally back with a run in the bottom of the seventh and two runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally but Elmira would put Geneva away 9-4.
Andrew Sipowicz (Canisius) would earn the win, throwing six innings giving up one run on six hits and striking out three. Andy Reed (Elmira College) takes the loss giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out three batters as well.
The Pioneers will be hosting Wounded Warrior Weekend this Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, July 15th it is the Wounded Warrior Concert which features a variety of great local bands around the area such as Still Kickin, Rust and Wendy Owens & Renegade. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:00 p.m.
On Saturday, July 16th, it is the Motorcycle Ride which begins at Dunn Field! Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and the kickstart is set for 1:00 p.m. Later on, it is the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game where your Elmira Pioneers will face off against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball League.
All ticket proceeds from these events will be donated to Bath VA and Medical Center & Stirin’s Military Rehabilitation. For more information about the tickets, go to http://rockandrideforamericaspride.eventbrite.com or call the Elmira Pioneers front office for more information about the event!
The Pioneers next home game is Sunday, July 17th, at 5:05 p.m. against the Oneonta Outlaws. This game features a Hilliard Thundersticks giveaway and it’s also Bobby K Sunday Funday!
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!