Pioneers Downed by Plainsmen in Sterling

Will Play Williston State Wednesday

Box Score

(Miles City, MT) The Miles Community Pioneer Baseball team hit the road for the final trip of the season this weekend. The Original Friday, Saturday, and Sunday series against Northeastern Junior College was moved back a day due to weather.

The Pioneers head into their last road conference series after finishing on a high note in McCook last weekend splitting two games on the final day.


The Pioneer offense didn’t have any bus lag on Saturday afternoon as they strung together seven runs in the first inning.

A lead off hit by pitch by Dustin Caplett, followed by a double by Luke Cathey and an infield single by Vinny Smith set the table for Ty Jones who came through with a two run single to break the ice.

A one out walk drawn by Jonathan Ringer put runners at the corners and the Pioneers strung together three straight base hits by Dakota Crowe, Nolan Darr, and Sam Haug to plate five more runs to close out the seven run 1st.

Seven runs was enough for sophomore starter Cody Eaton. Eaton would go two straight scoreless innings before running into trouble In the 3rd and 4th innings. After cruising for the first two outs in the third, Eaton would give up back to back extra base hits one of which was a home run by NJC’s Popham. With runners on second and third, Eaton would fan Strilchuk and put an end the threat. Eaton would give up two more runs in the 4th and the Plainsmen would claw their way back to within two runs.

Sam Haug would extend the lead with an RBI double in the fifth inning. After a clean bottom half, MCC found their rhythm at the dish in the sixth.

After two quick outs, Ty Jones would reach on a single into center. Jones would eventually score after a Braxton Boyle RBI triple. After an NJC pitching change, Porter Marley would pinch hit for Ringer and come through with an RBI single that plated Boyle. After a blunder in the infield, Dakota Crowe would reach on an error putting runners on first and third for Nolan Darr.

Darr would not disappoint. The sophomore third basemen would send a fastball over the left center wall for his first homerun of the season. Darr’s bomb would give the Pioneers an eight run lead heading into the bottom half.

Eight runs was enough for lefty closer Cody Frenk who would come in and silence any comeback efforts by NJC slamming the door shut and earning the two inning save. Eaton would earn the win after going 5.1 innings giving up 7 earned runs on 10 hits with five walks. The sophomore struck out three in his outing.

The Pioneers would finish the game with 15 hits including six extra base hits. Darr would lead the offense with falling a triple shy of the cycle and driving in five runs, a career high. Sam Haug would finish with two hits and three RBI’s.


MCC would struggle in game two offensively putting together just five hits. NJC starter Spenser Dexter put together an impressive outing giving up just one run on five hits and two walks against 11 strikeouts.

MCC starter Parker McRae would go five and a third innings strong innings for the Pioneers giving up just four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

The solid Pioneer defense from game one would falter in game 2 with two errors late in the game that would lead to a three run sixth by the Plainsmen that would put the game out of reach for the sluggish Pioneer offense.

Nolan Darr, Vinny smith, Braxton Boyle, Kyhler Thomson, and Steven Reinig would tally hits for the Pioneers. Darr’s hit was his third extra base hit of the day after a double in the fifth inning. Vinny Smith would have the lone RBI after an RBI single that plated Mason Baker.


Game three was the NJC show on Sunday afternoon. The Plainsmen put up 10 runs on eight hits and drew 10 walks on their way to a six inning ten run rule victory.

Cooper Bailey for NJC would one hit the Pioneers and pick up the victory going 5.1 innings striking out four Pioneer hitters.

MCC’s Khyler Thomson picked up the lone hit for the Pioneers.


The Pioneers came out with some fire in the nightcap of Sunday’s double header. Jonathan Ringer took the hill for the ‘Neers and put together three solid innings of work.

The Pioneer offense had some footing early on putting up four runs in the first three innings. Some NJC defensive blunders led to a two spot in the second inning, and a two out single in the third by Khyler Thomson that plated Vinny Smith and Braxton Boyle would give MCC the 4-3 lead heading into the fourth inning.

Ringer held the Plainsmen to just three runs through three innings but would run into trouble in the fourth inning.

Two walks, four Plainsmen hits and two MCC errors would lead to a five run fourth inning and give NJC all the momentum it needed to pick up the day sweep.

Nolan Darr led the Pioneers with two hits and two runs scored while Khyler Thomson picked up three RBIs in game 2 on Sunday.


The Pioneers jumped to an early 3-1 lead after the first after three two out hits for the Pioneers.

Vinny Smith drew a two out walk and Nolan Darr would get hit by a pitch to put two runners on for Braxton Boyle. Boyle would drive a ball into right to plate Smith. A single from Ty Jones would load the bases for Khyler Thomson and the redshirt freshman would come through with a two RBI single.

The three spot in the first was all Shane Groth needed to put together another quality start.

The sophomore righty went six innings for the Pioneers striking out a career high 10 plainsmen hitters and walking just two. Groth scattered three hits in his outing but would give up a run in both the fourth and fifth and would leave the game with the score knotted at 3-3.

With the game tied heading into the seventh, the Pioneers would put a rally together to take the lead back.

Sam Haug would single with one out to get things going. After moving up to second on a wild pitch, Haug would score on a Vinny Smith single up the middle. Nolan Darr would reach on an error and Ty Jones would dig in with two outs and two runners on. Jones connected with a fastball and sent his team leading 10th homerun over the left field foul pole to put the Pioneers up 7-3 heading into the bottom half.

Four runs wasn’t enough for the Pioneers as the Plainsmen would answer with two homeruns of their own to cut the lead to one. A single from Nintze would plate the tying run, and a double just out of reach of left fielder Sam Haug would give the Plainsmen the walk off victory.


NJC came out in game two of the Monday doubleheader and picked up right where they left off putting a five spot up in the first inning.

The five runs was all they would need as they went on to pick up the 13-3 win in five innings.

Mason Baker would lead the offense for MCC hitting his first homerun of the year in a two run shot in the fourth inning.

Next up for the Neers:

MCC will take on Williston State College on Wednesday in a non conference double header before closing out their conference schedule on the weekend against Trinidad State Junior College. With postseason play out of reach, the Pioneers will look to play spoiler and build momentum into 2017-2018 season.

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