ELMIRA — After getting rained out of Saturday’s game against Watertown, the Geneva Red Wings (15-6) traveled to Dunn Field in Elmira to face off against the Pioneers (8-15) in a doubleheader.
All things came up Geneva in both games as they swept the Pioneers off the field with a combined 21 runs.
The first game’s final score was 11-6, and the second ended 10-0.
In the first game, both teams came out swinging with two runs in each half of the first inning.
Things did not start well for Elmira starting pitcher Ben Terwilliger. He hit Brainy Rojas on the first pitch of the game and then walked Trey Yunger and Brock Kauffman back-to-back to load the bases.
Trevor Rogers then hit a sacrifice fly that scored Rojas. Yunger would then score on a wild pitch. Terwilliger would walk another two batters before being removed from the mound before the first inning was even over.
Things did not start too well for Red Wings starting pitcher Tim Blaisdell either.
After getting the first two outs, Blaisdell hit a batter then allowed an RBI double and an RBI single that would tie the game at two a piece.
A scoreless inning later, Geneva would jump right back out front and not give up the lead. Left fielder Thursal White would drive in his first RBI of the season with a double that would allow Trevor Rogers to score.
White would make it back to home plate to score after a throwing error by Elmira’s Nathan Peng. Rojas would hit a sacrifice fly to score Matteo Avallone to give the Red Wings a 5-2 lead.
To their credit, Elmira fought back once more with a run in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth to tie the game once again. Although they battled back to even the score at five-all, that seemed to light a fire under the Red Wings, who answered right back with four runs of their own in the top of the fifth.
Daniel Sperling single-handedly put the Red Wings ahead when he hit an RBI double that allowed Avallone to trot home, then was part of a double steal that allowed him to take home whilst Rojas stole second.
Shortstop Brock Kauffman would then hit a RBI single followed by another Elmira error allowing Yunger to score his second run of the game and put Geneva up 9-5 after five innings.
Because the two teams would have to play once more, both games were only seven innings.
Geneva added two more runs in the seventh thanks to Kauffman’s second RBI of the game and Elmira would add one more of their own. Geneva would have all the momentum heading into the second game.
In the second leg of the doubleheader, the Red Wings kept swinging the bat while their pitching stepped up in a massive way.
While the Red Wings used three pitchers in the first win of the day, they only needed one in the second game.
Jacob Land started and finished the game for Geneva. In the complete game shutout, Land allowed just four hits, four walks and struck out seven batters to slam the door shut on any hope of an Elmira win.
While Land was dealing on the mound, the Red Wings red-hot offense carried over from the first game.
Their 10 runs came in two bunches; four in the third inning and six in the sixth.
Brandon Cooper was once again phenomenal for the Red Wings. He drove in half of Geneva’s runs with five RBIs.
Four of those runs batted in came off single swings of the bat. In the top of the third inning, Cooper unleashed a grand slam for his fourth home run of the year to open up a 4-0 lead.
Elmira managed to keep the Red Wings offense at bay until the six inning, when they once again exploded on offense — this time for six runs.
Two singles, a double and an error later, the Red Wings found themselves up 10-0 to close out the game.
Along with Cooper, Trevor Rogers had another notable performance with two RBIs and a run scored.
It wasn’t just Cooper, Rogers and Land that got it done for the Red Wings, it was a total team effort. Every single player in the lineup reached base at least once through just seven innings.
Geneva will look to bring their high-powered offense and three-game win streak back home as they face the Utica Blue Sox at McDonough Park tonight. First pitch is expected 7:05 p.m.
In other PGCBL news:
Newark 4, Mohawk Valley 3, 10 innings.
Newark (7-13) faced off against a strong Mohawk Valey (14-10) team and came away victorious on Sunday afternoon.
It took 10 innings, but the Pilots escaped with a win after catcher Ty Syta hit an RBI double that allowed designated hitter Adam Zebrowski to score the winning run.
Syta had a great day at the plate. He went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and a walk.
Newark’s offense was humming along, as eight different players registered a hit in the win
Over Torres continued to be the team’s backbone and drove in a run as well. Torres is currently hitting .407 in 59 at-bats and is first on the team in runs batted in, walks, batting average and is tied for first in home runs and stolen bases.
The Pilots will get a day off as their next game will be at home against the Watertown Rapids. First pitch is expected to be at 5:00 p.m.