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Elmira Pioneers Announce Two Local Signings for 2014 Season

As the Elmira Pioneers prepare for an exciting 2014 season, the Pioneers coaching staff has added two local players to their 2014 roster.

Returning to the Pioneers for a second season is third baseman Taylor Hillson. A rising sophomore at Mansfield University, Hillson generated impressive results in his freshman year, hitting .336 with a .408 on-base percentage and a perfect 10 for 10 in stolen base attempts. He also posted a strong .923 fielding percentage at the hot corner. Playing under his dad, Mountaineers coach Harry Hillson, Hillson was a second-team All Pennsylvania Athletic Conference player, becoming one of just two freshman on the first or second team. He built strongly on his stint with the Pioneers last summer where he hit .268 with a .349 on-base percentage, and he will hope for even better results in his second go-around with the team. Pioneers Manager Matt Burch looks forward to having Hillson as part of the Pioneers again.

"Hillson is a baseball commodity," Burch said. "His skill separates him from other freshman in the country. Pioneers fans should be excited to welcome Taylor back for the 2014 season."

Also joining Hillson and the Pioneers is a rising senior Taylor Skerpon out of Penn State University. Skerpon has delivered solid results at the plate for the Nittany Lions this season, hitting .247 with a .333 on-base percentage. He has ranked second on the team in walks with 22 and third in runs batted in with 17. What stood out the most, though, was his defense. Skerpon started 38 games at second base during the regular season, but he also got into 11 contests at shortstop, and even 4 at catcher. He played great defense wherever his team put him, managing a .975 fielding percentage overall. Skerpon's greatest feat came on May 16th, when he started a 6-4-3 triple play, the second triple play turned by Penn State in that game. Coach Burch looks forward to having Skerpon's versatility on his roster.

"Skerpon will be an asset to the club," Burch said. "He is a true utility player in the sense that he will contribute to the 8 positions on the field."



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