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July 23, 2008 2:54 pm

Pioneers go 3-1 during weekend road trip

Written by Tribune Staff

Powell notches 30th victory of season
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Trent Gillett and the Powell Pioneers will host Green River Thursday (today) in a doubleheader at Ed Lynn Field. The Pioneers enter the game after picking up their 30th win of the season during a twinbill with Spearfish, S.D., last Sunday. Tribune photo by David Dickey
The Powell Pioneers registered a 3-1 mark during stops in Gillette and Spearfish, S.D., last Saturday and Sunday. In the process, Powell hit the 30-win mark for the fourth straight year under the direction of head coach Jeff Young.
“It was a good trip for us,” Coach Young said. “We played some pretty good baseball.”
During their two-game stop in Gillette Saturday, the Pioneers picked up a win over the Billings Regulators and Gillette. Against Billings, Andrew Young improved to 5-0 for the season after a solid six innings of work on the mound. Tyler Dahlgren also assisted with the pitching duties and retired the side in the seventh and final inning. Overall, Powell's pitchers surrendered five hits, three walks and struck out two batters during the 11-6 win.
Gianluca Giarrizzo, Scotty Jameson and Grant Geiser led the hitting attack with three hits each. Giarrizzo and Geiser also collected two RBIs each, as did Tyler Dahlgren, who finished with one hit. Erik Brimhall, Trent Gillett, Andrew Young and Schyler Borders each registered one hit. Andrew Young and Borders also were credited with one RBI each.
Against Gillette, the Pioneers picked up a 4-2 victory with the help of Gillett and Dahlgren on the mound. Gillett, the starter, gave up one run on two hits and eight walks while striking out two. Dahlgren, who earned the save after two innings of work, gave up just one run on one hit and one walk.
Powell's offensive attack, which consisted of 10 hits, was paced by Giarrizzo and Auston Carter, both of whom had two hits. Carter also drove in a run, as did Brandon Sullivan and Borders, who each finished with one hit. Also collecting one hit each were Jameson, Geiser, Brimhall and Gillett.
Powell's lone loss over the weekend came during the first game of a twinbill with Spearfish Sunday. The Pioneers lost that contest 9-8 in the eighth inning. Jameson, the starting pitcher, suffered the loss after giving up 12 hits and four walks. He also struck out six.
At the plate, Powell had three players with two hits each, including Jameson, Sullivan and Dahlgren. Pioneers with one hit each were Geiser, Brimhall, Gillett and Carter. Jameson and Brimhall added two RBIs each, and Dahlgren and Carter finished with one each.
In game two, Powell came away with an 8-2 victory to end the road trip on a positive note. Geiser claimed the win after scattering nine hits over seven innings. He also did not yield a walk in the contest, and neither of the two runs scored by Spearfish were counted as earned.
“They weren't able to string together much of anything against Grant,” Coach Young said. “His off-speed stuff was working well, and he got them to hit a lot of pop ups. It was a good outing for him against good team that's good at putting the ball in play.”
In addition to Geiser's strong pitching performance, the Pioneers benefitted from an offensive attack that produced 15 hits. Leading the charge was Carter, who finished with three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs. Giarrizzo added three hits and one RBI, and Jameson recorded three hits. Geiser, Sullivan and Gillett finished with two hits each. Also, Sullivan and Gillett had one RBI each.
The Pioneers, who now hold a 30-16 record, will be in action again Thursday (today), when they host Green River in a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.