The Western Nebraska Pioneers responded from a 2-game losing streak with passion, exploding to a 20-0 win over the Hastings Sodbusters Tuesday night at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.
The Pioneers put the game away early, plating seven first-inning runs and led 14-0 after three innings.
Western Nebraska head coach Jimmy Turk said it was nice to see the team come back from the doubleheader to Casper Sunday the way they did.
“It is good for us to bounce back and play like this after we dropped two games on Sunday in Casper,” Turk said. “It is good to see our guys comeback and play this way. Hopefully it gets us back on the right track.”
The offense exploded for 20 runs on 14 hits, including two doubles from Will Olson, another double from Alonso Bibiano, and home runs from Carter Dobrinski and Mitch Osborne.
“I thought the pitchers did a good job of setting the tone. We threw a lot of strikes,” Turk said. “Anytime you put up 14 runs in the first three innings, we should do a good job challenging as pitchers. I thought we did OK defensively, but we could have done a little bit better. We booted around some routine balls that if the game was a little bit closer they would have been important. But, overall it was good anytime you win a game 20-0 that means you did some things right.”
The Pioneers also received outstanding pitching as the four pitchers combined on a five-hitter while striking out 19.
Roman Angelo was a stud on the mound, tossing five innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 10. Zach Carlsen followed with two innings of work in striking out five with just two hits. Landon Odom and Will Richardson each tossed one inning in not surrendering a hit. Odom struck out four, while Richardson had the final strikeout of the game.
The offense, though, was the big story of the night especially early on. Western Nebraska plated seven runs in the first on five hits. The big hits came from 2-run singles from Chance Medina and Will Olson for a 7-0 lead.
The Pioneers added another seven runs over the next two innings for a 14-0 lead after three innings. Western Nebraska plated four runs in the second on three hits. Bibiano had a 2-run double in the inning while Olson and Kole Kaler each had run-scoring singles.
Western Nebraska added another three runs in the third inning on two hits. Carter Dobrinksi had a 2-run home run for the 14-0 lead.
Western Nebraska added another three runs in the fourth for a 17-0 lead. The Pioneers went up 19-0 with two more in the sixth on a Mitch Osborne 2-run home run.
Only three Pioneers tallied two hits in the game, but 14 players saw a turn at the plate. Dobrinski led the offense with a 3-for-5 night with five runs scored, three RBI, and a home run.
Olson went 3-for-3 with four RBI, two runs scored, and a double, while Bibiano went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI, and two runs scored.
Osborne had a home run with three RBI while Colin Ludwig had two runs scored on no hits.
Western Nebraska Pioneers and Hastings will be back in action Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. for another contest before wrapping up the 3-game series on Thursday night.
Hastings 000 000 000 – 0 5 2
Pioneers 743 302 01x – 20 14 2
WP – Roman Angelo
2B – Will Olson 2, Alonso Bibiano.
HR – Carter Dobrinski, Mitch Osborne.