Pioneers Rally in Late Innings to Down Bucs

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(Miles City, MT) The Miles Community College Pioneers took on Dawson Community College in a non conference game Wednesday at Denton Field in Miles City, MT.

The Pioneers come into the weekend after dropping their conference series to Western Nebraska last weekend.

The Pioneers have had good showing both on the mound at the plate but have yet to put together a full weekend series. With a single game against Dawson CC and a weekend off (games against Colby CC in Cheyenne have been canceled) Head Coach Jeff Brabant believes it will be a good chance to find some footing in the middle half of the season.

“We are close but not close enough,” said Coach Brabant, “with as much parity in the league this year we still have a chance to make some noise in April. If we take care of our end and catch some breaks down the stretch, postseason is still a possibility.”

The Pioneers had their first chance to make some noise on Wednesday in their nonconference bid against Dawson CC.

Sophomore Jake Lowery took the hill and ran into some trouble early. Two walks, a hit by pitch, and a base hit in the first inning, Dawson CC got on the board in the top half of the first. Lowery would get a groundball for the third out to escape the bases loaded jam.

MCC would answer the run scored by the Bucs in the first inning. Dakota Crowe led off the inning with a triple and would score two pitches later on a Dustin Caplett RBI single up the middle. Ty Jones would find his way to first after getting hit by a pitch. Jones and Caplett would move up 90 feet on a wild pitch and would score on a Nolan Darr single that put the ‘Neers up 3-1 after the first.

Lowery would settle down for a clean second inning but find himself against the ropes in the third. After two singles and a walk, Cody Eaton would relieve Lowery would allow each of his inherited runner to score after some defensive blunders in the infield. Eaton would grind his way to the last two outs of the inning and that would be the last of the scoring effort by the Buccaneers.

The Pioneers would tie the game in the third after Dakota Crowe, who reached on a single, would score on a wild pitch.

The Pioneers would call to the bullpen for the next six innings using six different arms that would combine to give up just two hits and zero runs for the remainder of the ball game. Cody Eaton, Logan DeCock, Cody Frenk, Tyson Black, Jonathan Ringer, and Mitch Hughson would combine their efforts to strike out eight hitters and walk just two while keeping the Buccaneer offense at bay for the final 18 outs of the game. Ringer would get the win on the mound.

Offensively, MCC would go scoreless in the fourth, but would score in every inning after that tacking on seven runs through the eighth inning. The Pioneers broke the game open with a four run seventh inning that included a Braxton Boyle two run homerun and RBI singles by both Sam Haug and Vinny Smith.

In the game, MCC would score 11 runs on 12 hits and were led offensively by Caplett and Boyle who each had two hits in the game. Caplett, Boyle, Darr, Mateo Arteaga, Rocco Arguto, Vinny Smith, and Sam Haug all found their way into the RBI Column and Dakota Crowe would score three times in the game.

MCC will have back to back weekends off but will meet up with Dawson again next Wednesday in Miles City for a single 9 inning game. The next conference series for the Pioneers will be in two weeks when they travel to McCook, NE to take on McCook College in a six game set on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of April.

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