Big 7th inning helps Pioneers pummel Dawson 11-4

They may no longer be division rivals, but when Dawson Community College comes to play Miles Community College, it’s usually a showstopper. Wednesday’s game was no exception.

The Pioneers baseball team, coming off a 1-11 stretch with the lone win in that time coming March 25 at Western Nebraska, took advantage of five DCC errors to score four runs in the seventh inning to take a decisive 11-4 win against the visiting Buccaneers. 

The big seventh inning saw singles by Ty Jones, Vinny Smith, and Sam Haug, with Steven Reining reaching on an error and Mateo Arteaga on a fielder’s choice, but the big bat belonged to freshman Braxton Boyle, who put it over the fence with Jones on base. 

Sophomore Dakota Crowe scored three runs, while the freshman trio of Braxton Boyle, Ty Jones and Mason Baker added two runs each. 

Boyle led the Pioneers at the plate with a double a two-run homer, while Crowe belted a triple.

Right-handed sophomore Jake Lowery took the hill for the Pioneers, notching 2.1 innings pitched and yielded all four of DCC’s runs. Sophomore Cody Eaton came in for 1.2 innings in relief, followed by the “one inning at a time” rotation of Mitch Hughson, Logan DeCock, Cody Frenk, Jonathan Ringer, and Tyson Black, all freshman save for Frenk.

MCC struck early, answering a one-run start by Dawson with three of their own in the bottom of the first inning. 

A scoreless second led to a three-run Dawson third, and the Pioneers hung out another run in the bottom of the third to even the score. 

The fourth inning was scoreless, but Clay Longo, on the mound for DCC, unleashed a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth, allowing Crowe to score. Crowe had reached base on a walk and his heads-up baserunning put him on second with a passed ball, then 90 feet away on a fielder’s choice. 

Dawson saw two innings pitched from Kilian O’Leary, Nathan Davis, and Clay Longo, while Dylan McDonald and Billy Mourer each threw one inning. 

Trevor Meir and Kyler Stark led the Bucs’ bats, each going 2-for-4 at the plate. Dawson sits at 2-7 in the MonDak conference in Division II play. 

The win moves the Pioneers to 10-22 on the season as they head to Colby Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a four-game set.

The Pioneers return home to face Dawson again on Wednesday.