The Western Nebraska Pioneers finished off a nine-game winning streak heading into a five-day road stretch before the All-Star break. The Pioneers took two games from the Pierre Trappers on Tuesday night at Oregon Trail Park Stadium in Gering.
Due to a rain-out scheduled for Monday night, the Pioneers and Trappers played a seven-inning doubleheader to make up for Monday.
Western Nebraska started out strong in game one behind the bat of catcher Will Olson, who was just a triple short of the cycle after going 3-for-3 with a double, home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
He nearly hit his second homer of the day on his double, but the long shot hit the the fence in left-center field.
The Pioneers led 5-1 until the Trappers made it a close game in the top of the fifth with four runs of its own to cut the deficit to 5-4 going into the bottom of the frame. However, Western Nebraska added Olson’s home run in the bottom of the frame and two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to hold off the Trappers 8-6 in the first contest.
Zack Peterson also had a good night at the plate going 1-for-4 with two RBI. In addition, Kole Kaler finished with a double, while Jacen Roberson added a triple in the win.
Bradley Morgan had a strong night on the mound for the Pioneers giving up five runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in four and 2/3 innings. Landon Odom picked up the win giving up just one hit and one run with a strikeout in two innings of relief.
The second contest was all about pitching as starter Michael Gurka pitched a gem after giving up just one run on one hit with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
The Pioneers pounded out 11 hits in an 8-2 win to improve to 32-8 on the season.
Alex Jorgensen gave up just one hit with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and Jaykob Acosta gave up just one hit with a strikeout in one inning of relief. Pioneer pitching combined to give up just three hits in the contest.
Roberson, Chance Medina and and Jordan Rathbone each finished the night with two hits offensively. Rathbone finished with two RBI in the win.
After Tuesday’s games, the Pioneers will hit the road, playing Pierre again on Monday before a four-game set with Souris Valley. They will then enter the All-Star break where 10 players will see action next week in Minot, North Dakota before returning to Oregon Trail Park Stadium on July 18th.
Trappers 001 040 1 — 6 7 0
Pioneers 041 012 x — 8 7 2
WP — Landon Odom
LP — Nathan Morris
2B — Pioneers (Kole Kaler, Will Olson), Pierre (Herrera, Moreland)
3B — Pioneers (Jacen Roberson)
HR — Pioneers (Will Olson), Pierre (Phelps)
Trappers 100 010 0 — 2 3 2
Pioneers 021 410 x — 8 11 0
WP — Michael Gurka
LP — Nordby