Pioneers Fall to Geneva in Slugfest


Former Elmira Pioneers manager Dan Shwam returned to Dunn Field and got another night of sweet revenge.

Shwam, now the manager in Geneva, guided his Red Wings to an 8-7 thrilling victory Tuesday night in 10 innings. On the strength of a six-run sixth inning, the Red Wings were propelled to victory. Corning graduate Ben Terwilliger went 1-for-3 and scored a run for Geneva (3-1), while teammate Nico Limoncelli of Horseheads was 0-for-1 at the plate. 

The Red Wings scored two runs in the top of the tenth inning securing victory. A sacrifice fly by Matt Collins gave Geneva a one-run lead. That score was followed by a Matt Chamberlin RBI single for an 8-6 edge into Elmira’s final at bat. The Pioneers loaded the bases twice, but only mustered one run in the bottom of the tenth. 

Blake Shinkle (Kansas University) had two RBI and two hits to lead the Pioneers (3-2). It was Shinkle’s walk in the tenth inning that was the final score of the game, but it would not be enough as Elmira dropped a close one to their old manager. Swham was the leader of the Elmira Pioneers from 1997-99 and then again from 2010-2012.   

Elmira next hosts Onondaga Wednesday night at Dunn Field. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Geneva plays on the road again Wednesday at Amsterdam.  

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