Pioneers perfect 6-for-6 over weekend
Call it stating the obvious, but Powell coach Jeff Young is rather pleased with the performance of his pitching staff this past weekend. Pioneer hurlers tossed three shutouts, including a no-hitter by Jake Beuster on Sunday, to sweep six games against Gillette, Douglas and Sheridan.
“We had one bad inning the entire weekend,” said Young. “Our pitchers threw very well. Jake's no-hitter was excellent, but everyone we threw did a great job this weekend.”
Beuster allowed individual walks in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but never allowed a runner beyond second base in a 12-0 game-one victory over Sheridan on Sunday. Buester fanned eight batters over five innings to register the Pioneers' first no-hit performance of the summer.
Tyler Dahlgren doubled in a pair of runs to open the scoring for Powell in the second inning, providing the Pioneers with all the runs they would need. Beuster and Ty England each scored three runs in the win.
The Pioneers captured a 12-run victory in the nightcap as well, winning 14-2 at Sheridan. Josh Cragoe's bases-clearing double in the second inning helped Powell to build an 8-0 lead. Gianluca Giarrizzo was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs driven in atop Powell's batting order.
Andrew Young allowed two fourth-inning runs to Sheridan, but was never threatened as Powell supported its pitcher with plenty of runs. Young struck out nine in the contest while allowing just six hits.
Powell opened its weekend at Gillette, earning wins of 10-0 and 17-4. Scotty Jameson took the victory in game one, allowing just three hits and three walks while fanning 10 in the five-inning contest.
“We threw our top two guys in that doubleheader in order to rest them up for Tuesday night,” said Young, referring to a conference doubleheader against Cody.
Dahlgren went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs for Powell, which jumped out to a five-run lead in the top of the first and was never threatened. The Pioneers drilled Gillette pitching for 12 hits in the contest.
Game two saw Grant Geiser go 4-for-5 at the plate, including a second-inning home run, to finish with three runs scored and five RBI. Auston Carter and Jake Beuster each were a perfect 4-for-4 at the bottom of Powell's batting order as the team hammered 21 hits.
Powell led 17-1 before Gillette scored three runs in the fifth. Geiser took the win on the mound, allowing six hits and three walks while fanning seven.
The Post 26 team continued its weekend with a 10-7, 8-0 sweep of Douglas on Saturday.
Douglas grabbed a 7-1 lead in the second inning of game one, thanks in part to a trio of Powell errors in the frame. The Pioneers gradually rallied to tie the game in the sixth before plating three runs in the seventh for the win.
After the scare in Saturday's opener, the Pioneers wasted little time in removing any drama from Friday's game.
Dahlgren was in command on the mound from basically the opening pitch, allowing just two Douglas hits as he carried a no-hit bid of his own into the sixth inning. Dahlgren struck out eight in the victory.
Only three of Powell's eight runs in the game were earned as Douglas pitching struggled to find the plate.
The weekend sweep improves Powell to 19-9 overall. After three weeks away from home, the Pioneers will return to the confines of their home ballpark tonight (Tuesday) for a conference doubleheader against Cody. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in game one.