Lamar nips MCC to complete Monday sweep

Lamar Community College took two more games from the home team Miles Community College Pioneers at Connors Stadium on Monday, roughing up the Pioneers for 15 hits in Game 1, and taking Game 2 with another top-of-the-seventh comeback.

With the wins, Lamar completed a weekend’s work that included winning five-of-six games and outscoring the Pioneers 60-18. The Antelopes improved to 22-7 for the season, while MCC is 8-17 overall.

 

Game 1

Lamar 17

MCC 5

Sophomore right-hander Shane Groth pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up 12 runs, including eight in a tough third frame. An error by freshman centerfielder Ty Jones allowed three runs to score, and an error at short by Braxton Boyle scored another run in the long half-inning for the Pioneers.

MCC was up 4-1 heading into the third thanks to sophomore Mario Del Bosque’s double into center that scored two runs. With two outs, sophomore Dakota Crowe lined a basehit to left, scoring Del Bosque and freshman Mason Baker, who’d reached on a single.

Del Bosque walked in the fourth inning, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, took third on a passed ball, and scored the Pioneers’ final run on Crowe’s error-causing grounder that kept the inning alive.

Jack Stamper and Sam Scarborough had three hits apiece and Owen Reynolds recorded four RBIs for Lamar.  Ryan Hoff pitched five innings and recorded the win.

Game 2

Lamar 6

MCC 5

Lamar’s top-of-the-seventh heroics again put the Antelopes on top of the Pioneers despite a sixth-inning grand slam homer by MCC freshman Ty Jones.

MCC jumped out to an early lead in the second inning behind an RBI double by Mason Baker that scored Nolan Darr, who’d reached on an error.

Lamar’s Jack Stamper answered in the top of the third when he took the first pitch from freshman right-hander Mitch Hughson deep for a solo home run.

Cut to the bottom of the six with Lamar up 4-1 when Jones mailed the long ball, scoring Braxton Boyle (walk), Luke Cathey (pinch running for catcher TJ Booth, who had singled), and Darr (hit by pitch), setting MCC up with a 5-4 lead.

But MCC sophomore left-hander Cody Eaton surrendered a two-run home run in the seventh to Owen Reynolds, and, although Cathey reached on a line-drive basehit to left in the bottom of the inning, the Pioneers were unable to generate a run.

Hughson pitched six innings for the Pioneers, giving up seven hits and four runs while striking out five.

“When we pitch, we don’t defend,” said MCC head coach Jeff Brabant. The Pioneers recorded seven errors in the two games on Monday.

“When we defend, we don’t hit,” he said, “and we’re just not putting the three together all at once. We just need our guys to be consistent.”

The Pioneers now head to Western Nebraska Community College for a six-game weekend series.