Pioneer baseball opens season with 3-game sweep against MSU - Club team

Star Staff
Monday, March 2, 2020

The Pioneers baseball team opened it’s 2020 season with a statement win, as Miles Community College swept the club team from Montana State University in three games in Billings. Head coach Jeff Brabant’s team won the first game 13-0, the second game 10-0, and the third game 14-2.

In the first game of the series, Sophomore right hand pitcher Keith Manby (White Rock, British Columbia) picked up where he left off last year, earning his first win of the season on the mound. He gave up just 2 hits and struck out 8 in five innings of play. The game was ended early due to the 10-run rule.

On the plate, freshman outfielder and right hand pitcher Deklan Harper led the way for the Pioneers, going a perfect 3-for-3 with 5 RBI’s, including a grand slam. The fourth inning was the big one for MCC, where the Pioneers scored 11 of their 13 runs. Also recording homers in the game were infielders Ian Krump and Dawson Parry. Krump also had 3 RBI’s in the game.

Sophomore righty Anthony Bleggi got the start on the mound for the second game over the weekend. Bleggi threw a five-inning no hitter for the Pioneers while striking out 9 in the game, which ended due to the 10-run rule. Manby played in the infield in the game, leading the way offensively with a 2-2 day, while batting in 5 runs including a second inning grand slam. Sophomore outfielder Lewis Johnson (Evans Head, Australia) also had two hits in the game, while scoring twice.

In the third and final game between the Pioneers and the club team from MSU, freshman right hand pitcher Jett Hasegawa earned the win, pitching two innings and giving up two hits. Sophomore rightys Chris Rofe and Sean O’Hagan came in to finish out the game on the mound. Parry led the way for the Pioneers at the plate, connecting on four hits. The Pioneers ran up the score in the fifth inning, scoring 7 runs with freshman catcher Stockton Brems, Harper, sophomore infielder Cade Stuff, Johnson, freshman infielder Tim Holyk, and freshman infielder Ryota Kusumoto all getting RBI’s in the inning.

The Pioneers baseball teams next action will be in Tucson, Arizona, where the Pioneers will play 16 games in 10 days. The stretch will start with a double-header against Waldorf JV on Saturday. The first game is at 12:30 p.m. MST; the second game will be at 2:30 p.m. MST.