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Pioneers defeat Cubs in low-scoring affair

Powell Pioneers head coach Jason Borders (center) talks with Brendon Phister (left) and Gage Henderson (right) during a break in the action of Wednesday's 4-2 win against the Cody Cubs. Powell Pioneers head coach Jason Borders (center) talks with Brendon Phister (left) and Gage Henderson (right) during a break in the action of Wednesday's 4-2 win against the Cody Cubs. Tribune photo by Dante Geoffrey

Cory Heny hit a solo home run and pitched two perfect innings of relief to lead the Powell Pioneers to a 4-2 victory over the Cody Cubs Wednesday night.

The Pioneers’ victory gave them an inside track within their division. Powell has beaten both Lovell and Cody and are in first place in the Northwest Division.

Powell’s seventh-straight victory lifts the Pioneers’ record to 15-8 overall.

Starting pitcher Frankie Vogt didn’t duplicate his 19-strikeout, one-hit performance of June 18, but he did plenty to put the Pioneers in a position to win.

Vogt pitched seven innings, gave up six hits, four walks and struck out nine.

Gage Henderson drove in Powell’s first run with a ground-ball single in the first inning that scored Heny, who was hit by a pitch in the Pioneers’ first at-bat.

Cody tied things at one in the next half-inning when, with Cubs on first and second, an error by shortstop Hayden Cragoe allowed a run to cross home.

A wild pitch by Vogt in the third put Powell in a 2-1 hole, but two Cody errors helped the Pioneers to even the score again in the fourth. Cragoe then vindicated his earlier fielding mistake when he grounded into an RBI double play to put the Pioneers back on top, 3-2.

Heny capped off the game’s scoring in the sixth when he sent a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left field.

Henderson and Brandon Phister had two hits apiece. Heny scored twice on one hit and one hit-by-pitch. Jared Wantulok hit a double and scored.

Bryce Wright, in his first game back from an ankle injury, went 1-for-4.

Heny, Cragoe and Phister each stole a base.

Powell begins play in the nine-team Boys of Summer Invitational in Belgrade, Mont., today (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m. against the Idaho Fall Bees. The Pioneers will play two games Friday, starting with the Columbia Basin River Dogs at 3:30 p.m. and then the Belgrade Bandits at 6 p.m.

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