Jason Borders will serve as the head coach for the team this summer, bumping up from assistant coach as he and former Pioneers skipper Mike Jameson flip-flop roles for the summer ahead.
“Basically, he’s going to school and has to go do some stuff in Pittsburgh during the summer,” Borders said of Jameson. “He didn’t feel comfortable being the head coach knowing that he’d be gone for a couple weeks, so we’re switching roles. From a coaching standpoint, it isn’t going to change anything. Mike and I are pretty much on the same page when it comes to our philosophy and stuff.”
Borders noted the team currently has 16 members on roster for the summer. The kids have been gathering and hitting indoors for a couple of months. With the arrival of warmer weather this past week, Borders has taken advantage of the opportunity to move practice outdoors to the diamond.
“We’ve only got two seniors in Gage Henderson and Frankie Vogt, so we’ll be a young team,” Borders said. “I’m not worried though, we’ll be all right. We’ve got a good group coming back.”
That group will make its debut on May 4 in Sheridan for a doubleheader. The team’s home opener comes the following weekend as the Pioneers play two against the Billings Halos.
The Pioneers’ home tournament, featuring Miles City, Green River, Laramie, the Billings Angels, Cody, Douglas and Lovell will take place June 21-23.
The Pioneers’ district tournament takes place July 24-27. The state tournament is slated for July 31-Aug. 3 on the calendar and the Northwest regional tournament, which this year is hosted by Wheatland, runs from Aug.7 to Aug. 10.
Here’s the complete Pioneers’ schedule as it stands currently. All non-tournament games are scheduled as doubleheaders.
May 4 — at Sheridan; May 11 — vs. Billings Halos; May 25 — at Billings Angels; May 26 — vs. Billings Angels.
June 1 — vs. Billings Halos; June 3 — at Glendive; June 4 — at Miles City; June 7-9 — at Cody tournament; June 13-16 — at Williston tournament; June 18 — vs. Lovell; June 21-23 — Powell Heavy Metal Classic; June 25 — at Riverton; June 26 — vs. Cody; June 27-30 — at Belgrade tournament.
July 3 — vs. Glendive; July 8 — at Lovell; July 11-14 — at Casper Deveraux tournament; July 16 — vs. Cody; July 17 — vs. Riverton; July 19 — vs. Miles City; July 20 — at Cody (w. Gillette); July 24-27 — District tournament; July 31-Aug. 3 — State tournament.
Aug. 7-10 — Northwest Regional tournament (at Wheatland).
Note: The Pioneers will be adding a home doubleheader against Sheridan to this schedule. The date for that pair of contests has yet to be determined.