Muckdogs Win First Game In PGCBL

    The Batavia Muckdogs defeated the Elmira Pioneers in their inaugural game as a member of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Thursday night 7-0 at Dunn Field. 

Strong performances on the mound from Julian Pichardo, Andrew Parr, and AJ Winger were crucial to halt the Pioneer offense.  The Muckdog bats came through in big moments, as all seven of their runs were scored with two outs. 

In the start, Pichardo hurled a scoreless four ⅔ innings on three hits, no walks, and nine strikeouts. With a runner on second base, reliever Andrew Parr struck out left fielder Kevin Serrano on three pitches to retire the side in the bottom of the fifth. Parr finished with four strikeouts while only allowing a hit in 2 ⅓ innings pitched. Winger did not record a baserunner in the final two innings of work, retiring all six batters he faced in order. 

Batavia’s runs came in bunches as the three runs came around to score in the third and ninth innings. Catcher Brice Mortillaro safely got to first after a drop third strikeout which would later be the first run of the game after an Abner Benitez line-drive single. First baseman Daniel Burroway knocked in Alabama St. teammates Luis Rodriguez and Benitez to build the lead to 3-0. 

Outfielder Spencer Marcus’ two-out single resulted in a Mortillaro opposite-field RBI single in the 4th inning to increase the lead to four. Batavia added their next trio of runs stemming from errors by Elmira’s Sam Polanco and Ryess Youmans. Utility player Charlie Szykowny and outfielder Trevor Dean were late-game substitutions who contributed with RBI singles to add some more insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

Elmira will travel to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia tomorrow with intentions to spoil the Muckdogs home opener. The Muckdogs will be playing their first home game in 637 days in what is anticipated to be a sold-out crowd. Make sure to secure your ticket by calling the box office at (585) 524- 2260 or come to Dwyer Stadium tomorrow from 9 AM-5 PM. 

First pitch will be at 7:05 PM and can be viewed on Youtube Live by subscribing to BataviaMuckdogBaseball. Make sure to follow our Twitter @BataviaMuckdogs and liking our Facebook Page, “BataviaMuckdogBaseball.” 

Go Dogs!