It was a hot and humid day at Colburn Park in Newark and it didn't take long for tempers to heat up as well. It was the fourth meeting between Newark and the Elmira Pioneers and the second time in as many nights, with the Pioneers leading the season series 2-1. On just the second pitch of the game Chris Kalousidian (Manhattan) hit a soft liner to Dorian Hairston (Kentucky) in shallow right field, Hairston came up throwing to first base and Kalousidian was called out on a close play.Kalousidian disagreed and lost his cool, throwing his helmet in anger and got in the face of the base umpire before having to be held back by the Elmira coach staff. Kalousidian was ejected on the play.
It was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Tanner Giesel (Southeastern CC) continued his hot hitting with a lead off double down the right field line. Giesel moved up to third on a fly ball to right field and came around to score on Luis Silverio (Palm Beach CC) infield single. Silverio then went first to third on a harmless ground ball to the third baseman which carried him from the bag allowing Silverio to take the unoccupied base. The Pilots went up 2-0 when Zach Wall (Young Harris) singled through the left side and allowed Silverio to walk home.
The lead didn't last long as the wheels came off in top of the fifth. Steven Powels (St. Josephs) pitched great for four innings and got the lead off hitter in the fifth. But then back to back walks brought up the heart of the Pioneers order. TJ Dixon (Samford) crushed a double that one hopped the center field wall which cut the Pilots lead down to 2-1. Dixon finished the game with three hits. Nick Walker (Old Dominion) was next up and tied the game with a single. With two runners on that brought Christian Santiseban (Manhattan) to the plate and he let them all to jog as he crushed a three run home run over the right center fence. Elmira sent eleven Pioneers to the box in the frame scoring six runs.
Pilots went down in order in the fifth and the Pioneers added to their lead in the top of sixth with three more runs including a solo home runner by Zac Bellinger (St. Rose) and Elmira lead 9-2. Bryce Hough (Fairfield) went seven innings gave up five hits and struck out five pilots on his way to the win.
Pilots fall to 6-4 and have an off day tomorrow before hosting the Glen Falls Golden Eagles in a double bill Wednesday evening, first game starting at 5:05 with the second game to follow shortly after.
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