College baseball: MCC puts up big numbers in sweep

By Star Staff

The Miles Community College baseball team seems capable of scoring runs.

At least that was the indication last weekend when the Pioneers went 4-0 while scoring 52 runs against Western Nebraska in Scottsbluff. The scores were 14-12, 17-7, 14-1 and 11-1.

The Pioneers are scheduled to play a dozen games in Tucson, Arizona, from March 2-10 against seven opponents — Presentation, Northern State, Fraser Valley, Mount Marty, Northwestern, Wheaton and Itasca.

Last weekend’s results:

MCC 14, Western Nebraska 12: The Pioneers rallied from a 10-0 deficit, scoring their 14 runs in three innings — four in both the third and fifth and six in the seventh.

The Pioneers won despite getting outhit 14-9, being helped by five errors that provided seven unearned runs.

Nate Bloxham homered twice, drove in four runs and scored three times, Mason Baker homered and drove in four runs, and Jonathan Ringer went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

MCC 17, Western 7: The Pioneers quickly erased a 4-1 deficit with five runs in the second. They led 9-5 when they put it away with eight runs in the sixth.

MCC outhit Western 11-7, the only extra base hit being a double by Will Riley. Bloxham, Jared Bellows and Carson Hoke each drove in two runs.

Pitchers Beau Thomas and Kolton Bleggi combined to strike out 10, seven by Thomas in four innings.

“Our approaches and plans at the plate improved from the first game,” MCC coach Jeff Brabant said. “If we can learn and understand from our mistakes and adjust from game to game and even pitch to pitch, we'll be able to put up crooked numbers, and that is how you win baseball games.”

MCC 14, Western 1: Ten unearned runs in the first inning provided a huge cushion.

Bloxham continued his torrid start with two hits and five RBI. Boyle drove in three runs and Riley and Ringer two apiece.

Riley went 3-for-3 with a double, Dawson Cortese tripled and singled, Bloxham doubled and singled and Jordon Thomson had two singles to lead an 11-hit attack.

The game was shortened to five innings. Mitch Hughson went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out three.

“We were able to take momentum from yesterday and build on it right away in the first inning,” Brabant said.

MCC11, Western 1: Boyle homered twice, driving in four runs and scoring three times. Baker tripled, doubled and had three RBI, and Bellows singled twice in support of Ringer, who pitched five innings, allowing one hit while striking out five and walking three.

“When you can play with leads, everyone can slow the game down and produce,” Brabant said. “I’m very pleased with our start, especially this being our first time outside.”