Pioneers score late to beat Sasquatch

Western Nebraska’s Jacen Roberson makes a catch in front of teammate Alonso Bibiano during an Expedition League baseball game against the Spearfish Sasquatch, Tuesday at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.

For the first six innings against the Spearfish Sasquatch on Tuesday night, the Western Nebraska Pioneer offense struggled.

Even in the late innings the usually high-powered bats stayed calm but when the blood was in the water, the Pioneers quickly struck.

Western Nebraska scored the game’s first run in the seventh inning on a wild pitch, and added four more runs in the eighth on a walk, two more wild pitches, and a RBI groundout from Jacen Roberson to pick up a 5-0 win, earning the two-game sweep of the Sasquatch.

The slow moving game was delayed even longer with yet another lightening delay, which has become more of an expectation in the past week.

However, the Pioneer pitching staff held Spearfish in check and the offense took advantage of a few Sasquatch miscues to earn the team’s 25th win of the season. At 25-8, the Pioneers extended their lead on the Clark Division to 5.5 games. Spearfish is 20-14 overall.

Starting pitcher Bradley Morgan dealt six shutout innings for the Pioneers, striking out 10 while scattering just five hits and two walks. First out of the bullpen was Logan Gilbertson, who lasted 2 2/3, striking out five while keeping Spearfish hitless. Daniel Martinez closed in the top of the ninth, closing the door on Spearfish’s last hope.

Roberson, Jordan Rathbone and Carter Dobrinski finished with the game’s RBI. Roberson also added a hit and a run scored. Rathbone’s RBI came on a walk in the eighth inning.

Will Olson and Dobrinski chipped in the only other two hits for Western Nebraska.

Both teams will be back in action with a two-game set in Spearfish starting Wednesday at 6:35 p.m., and finishing with an Independence Day match-up on Thursday.

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