A 16-hit offensive attack powered the Western Nebraska Pioneers to an 11-2 win over the Casper Horseheads in Expedition League baseball action on Saturday night at Oregon Trail Park Stadium in Gering.
The win helped the Pioneers improve to 6-1 overall on the season. Western Nebraska sits on top of the Clark Division standings. The Pioneers and Horseheads will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 4:35 p.m. at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.
Like they’ve done throughout the young season, the Pioneers continued to dominate the Casper pitching on Saturday. Western Nebraska scored in each of the first three innings to build a 6-0 lead.
After the Horseheads plated a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, the Pioneers responded with three in the home half of the frame to push their advantage up to 9-2. The Pioneers tallied their final two runs in the eighth.
Zach Peterson and Cole Gambill both homered in the game for Western Nebraska. Gambill, Carter Dobrinski, Andrei Stoyanow, and Payton Lewis all finished the contest with three hits each. Peterson drove in three runs and scored twice. Gambill also knocked in three runs. Lewis and Cody Wagner plated a pair of runs each.
Hunter Parker tossed five solid innings on the mound to earn the pitching victory for the Pioneers. Parker allowed just two earned runs on seven hits, walked none and struck out four.
Will Richardson and Teddy Broxterman combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief. Richardson allowed two hits, walked three and fanned three. Broxterman tossed a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.
After Sunday’s series finale, the Pioneers will venture out on an eight-game road trip that begins Monday in Fremont. Western Nebraska won’t be back in action at home until June 11 against the Hastings Sodbusters.
Horseheads (2-4) 000 020 000 — 2 9 4
Pioneers (6-1) 132 030 02x — 11 16 0
WP — Hunter Parker. LP — Alex Clouthier.
HR — Pioneers (Zach Peterson, Cole Gambill). 2B — Pioneers (Carter Dobrinski, Payton Lewis, Ajai Demino).