ELMIRA — After Newark (5-8) dominated Elmira (5-12) last Thursday by a score of 9-0, the Pioneers got their revenge against the Pilots on Sunday, winning 10-3.
The Pilots have been back-and-forth thus far throughout the season. One game they look unbeatable and then the next game they couldn’t buy a hit.
Elmira hopped all over Newark’s starting pitcher Chris LeVere in the bottom of the first inning.
Jeff Mejia, starting things with a leadoff single, was followed by Preston Moore’s double to put the Pioneers up 1-0 early.
Newark got burned for a second run because of a fielding error by shortstop David Bermudez, his fourth of the year at that position.
Despite the early hole, Pilots would battle back — as they so often do.
In the top of the third, Over Torres began things with a leadoff walk. It seemed that whenever Newark began to go on an offensive tear, Torres was involved.
After two more walks and an RBI single off the bat of center fielder Jordan Fiedor, the Pilots found themselves up 3-2.
Unfortunately, that would be the only inning of offense for Newark.
Elmira answered back in the bottom half of the same inning with four runs of their own. They came by way of three RBI singles from the bats of Garrett Schultz, Preston Moore and Trevor Henneman, and a passed ball by Newark pitcher Chris LeVere.
The Pioneers would add four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to add salt into the Pilots’ wound.
Elmira’s Andrew Sexton would belt his first home run of the year for two runs. Nathan Berg and Preston Moore would score two more runs off a double from Nathan Peng.
Moore would score three of Elmira’s 10 runs.
Newark arrives back home Monday to play an evening game against the Utica Blue Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.