Pioneers’ win skein stopped at 15

By Star Staff

It’s unlikely anyone thought the Miles Community College baseball team would go undefeated in the 2018 spring season.

Still, the Pioneers are off to a remarkable start, winning 15 straight before losing the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Itasca Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

The Pioneers won the opener 8-0 to improve to 15-0 overall and 11-0 on its Arizona trip. Itasca rebounded to win the second game 6-4 to end the tremendous streak, just a year after MCC won only 16 games in the entire 2017 season.

The Pioneers scored in the first inning of the opener and put it away with six runs in the final inning.

Luke Turner pitched a completegame shutout, allowing one hit, striking out six and walking nine.

He enjoyed the support of a 12-hit attack with Jonathan Ringer, Braxton Boyle, Jordan Thomson and Kolton Bleggi getting two apiece.

In Game 2 the Pioneers and Itasca were tied at 3, but the Minnesota team scored three runs in the sixth, two on a wild pitch.

Nate Bloxham led MCC at the plate by going 3-for-3 and Will Riley had two hits.

“No rest. We’re back on the road Thursday,” MCC coach Jeff Brabant said.

The road trip is to Trinidad, Colorado, where the Pioneers play three doubleheaders — Friday through Sunday — against Trinidad State Junior College.

Brabant said he was more than satisfied with the 12-game sschedule in Arizona.

“We accomplished everything we wanted and needed to get done,” he said. “Questions answered and now it’s time to move on.”

The Pioneers play Dawson Community College in their home opener at 3 p.m. on April 4.