Pios Put On Hitting Display In Win Over Batavia

The roller coaster ride of emotions continues for the Muckdog as after they just
won four out of their last five games to claw their way but to .500; they lose their second
straight game. After Friday night’s nail-biting loss to the Tarp Skunks 2-1, Batavia
looked to maintain the season series lead against the Elmira Pioneers on Faith and
Family Night at Dwyer Stadium.

Andrew Parr got the ball to start the game, as the righty from Andrews College
started the year out of the bullpen but was on the mound for his second start of the
season against Elmira. Going into the game, Parr led the entire PGCBL with a 0.00 ERA
in 17 innings pitched and was tied for first with four wins.

Elmira’s bats got rolling early as Parr allowed three hits, and first basemen Bobby
Marsh drove in the first run against Parr so far this season. The Pios then got six hits off
the former PGCBL Pitcher of the Week in the second inning, including an opposite-field
two-run homer for Chris Erickson. Parr was yanked for Niagara University right-hander
Tyler Prospero in a 6-0 ballgame with just one out in the inning.

Batavia would respond in the bottom half of the inning, scoring both Jerry
Reinhart and Abner Benitez to cut the deficit to just four. The hits just continue to come
in bunches for Elmira, as they had double digits in the fourth inning. The Pioneers
scored three in the fourth and three more in the fifth due to a bases-clearing triple from
right fielder Dom Popa.

As always, the Muckdogs did not go down without a fight, down 10 runs in the
seventh pinch hitter Ethan Frasca and Luis Rodriguez both scored after RBI’s from
Cameron Conley and Charlie Szykowny. Batavia would tack on two more in the eighth
after Elmira responded with two runs of their own.

With a final score of 14-6, Elmira mustered up 19 total hits in an impressive
showing from top to bottom of the Pioneer order. Extra hitter Gil Merod had a four hit
game with three runs scored, and Auburn catcher Jake Schorr finished with three hits
and three RBI’s. Cam Hill got the win on the mound, as so far on the year, Batavia was
used to seeing him playing first base and batting third for the Pios, with Andrew Parr
picking up the loss.

Batavia now falls to 9-12 on the year and back into fourth place as Geneva
winning both games of the doubleheader against Auburn. Facing the Auburn
Doubledays on Sunday will be the Muckdogs, as they play a team from the central
division for the first time this year.

First pitch at Falcon Park is at 5 PM! It can be viewed on Youtube Live by
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