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Pioneers Can't Rally for a Win

June 13, 2011 - Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) - Elmira Pioneers News Release

The Pioneers made the trip to Cooperstown to take on the Hawkeyes looking for their third win of the season. . The Hawkeyes would jump ahead in the first inning when Danny Nelson (Tufts University) singled to center field. Esteban Meletiche (Keystone) doubled and both scored on a single from Ben Miller (Shippensburg).

The Hawkeyes added a run in the third inning when Nelson doubled to left field. Nelson would advance to third on a wild pitch and score when Ben Manlove (Chico State) hit a sacrifice fly to left field. In the top of the forth inning Elmira Pioneers David Bishop (Mississippi State) double to left field but was stranded.

The Hawkeyes increase their lead to 3-0 with doubles from Nelson and Meletiche. Manlove struck out swinging and no further damage was done as Connor Lewis (USC Sumter) was retired on a fielder's choice. With one out in the fifth inning Mike Kazley (Cornell) replaced the starting pitcher Matt Niedzwiecki (Manchester C.C) and held the Hawkeyes scoreless for a 1 2/3.

The Pioneers tried to rally back in the eighth when Keller was hit by a pitch, Justin Lacey (Longwood) would walk, and Aaron Hopper (Marietta) reached on a fielding error by the shortstop loading the bases but Bishop struck out swinging. Hawkeyes Pitcher Conor Kerins (West Chester) was able to hold the Pioneers at bay until the seventh inning when Chris Kono (Holy Cross) came in for a clean inning. In the eighth inning Jay Ferri (Rhode Island) replaced Kazley and pitched a scoreless inning.

Terrence Moore(Marshal) replaced Kerins to start the ninth inning. Ty Yensensky (Old Dominion) singled to right field, Ryan Normolye(Washington) singled to center field and B.J Willis(Southern Indiana) singled to load the bases. Yensensky scored on a fielding error on the right fielder, the only run for the Pioneers as the rally fizzled there.

The Pioneers return to action at Dunn Field Wednesday June 15th taking on the Amsterdam Mohawks. Wednesday night's game is Bark in the Park sponsored by the Chemung County SPCA. Fans can bring their dogs to play in the picnic area while they watch the game. Be sure to bring your rabies certificate if you plan on bringing your dog.

Tickets are available in advance from the Pioneers exclusive retail outlet Jubilee Food at 2898 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads.

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