LOCALS PLAY KEY ROLE AS PIONEERS RALLY PAST JAMESTOWN TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT (24 PHOTOS) (2022-07-29)
Southern Tier Sports Report ELMIRA — The Elmira Pioneers rallied from a 5-0 deficit and beat the Jamestown Tarp Skunks 9-7 to clinch a playoff spot on Friday night.
Three local players had a key role in the win as the Pioneers scored seven runs in the third inning to move up to third in the division standings and clinch a spot in the postseason.
Jamestown got a run in the first and scored four runs in the third to go up 5-0.
Elmira scored seven in the third and a run in the fourth to go up 8-5. Jamestown got two runs back in the eight to get within a run, but the Pioneers added a run in the bottom of the eight to seal the victory.
Horseheads graduate Frank Wayman drove in two runs and had a hit and scored a run. He’s hitting .346 on the season. Wayman is eighth in the league in batting average this season.
Notre Dame graduate Erik Charnetski had an RBI and scored a run, walking twice in the victory.
Corning graduate Mason Smith closed out the game with a no-hit ninth, striking out one.
Troy graduate Hunter Kendall got the win in relief, striking out seven over four innings, allowing two hits and two runs.
Kevin Serrano struck out one in four innings, allowing five hits.
Cooper Smith had two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Pioneers. —— IN TOP PHOTO: Notre Dame graduate Erik Charnetski. . . PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES