The Pioneers came out flat in Thursday’s nightcap. Riverton pounded out eight runs off Pioneer starter Bryce Wright in just over two innings, then roughed up reliever Olie Olson to grab a 9-0 lead after the top of the third inning.
Powell finally managed a counterpunch in the bottom of the third as the team sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs. Josh Cragoe’s single and Frankie Vogt’s triple provided two of the bigger shots in the frame. Olie Olson also doubled and scored for the Pioneers in the third.
After Riverton scored two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, Powell pulled to within a run in the bottom of the fifth. A two-out, two-RBI single from Hayden Cragoe, followed by Josh Cragoe’s double enabled the Pioneers to score four two-out runs and pull within 13-12.
Riverton scored two more runs in the top of the sixth as Hayden Cragoe came in to relive Olson on the mound in a bases-loaded jam. Cragoe was able to coax a strikeout to get Powell to the dugout with minimal damage. The Pioneers recovered one of the runs on a Gage Henderson sacrifice fly, but still trailed 15-13 entering the bottom of the seventh.
Vogt led off Powell’s final at-bat with a single. Jake Beuster followed with a fly ball to center field for the first out of the fram, but Olie Olson coaxed a walk to move Vogt into scoring position. Wright followed with an RBI single to make the score 15-14. A walk to Gage Henderson loaded the bases for the Pioneers and set the stage for Lynn’s heroics.
Hayden Cragoe picked up the win, working an inning and a third in which he did not give up a hit and recorded strikeouts on three of the four batters he faced. Wright had started the game, throwing two innings and allowing six hits and five walks while fanning three. Olson threw three and two-thirds innings, surrendering seven hits and four walks while striking out five. Olson also hit a trio of Riverton batters.
Offensively, Powell produced 15 hits. Vogt finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Josh Cragoe added a 3-for-4 performance that included three RBIs. Wright, Hayden Cragoe and Lynn each had two RBIs in the game.
The Pioneers’ latenight drama came on the heels of a 10-6 victory that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.
Hayden Cragoe went 2-for-2 with a home run and six RBIs in the contest. Cory Heny added a 3-for-5 performance from the leadoff position that included a triple to open the game for Powell.
After stranding five baserunners in the first two innings, Powell took control in the third with some help from Riverton. Olie Olson reached on an error to lead the inning off as Riverton’s throw across the infield from third base sailed well over first base. Olson came home minutes later on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Zander Andreasen, but that appeared to be all the damage the Pioneers would produce.
Riverton enticed Ty Whiteman into a swinging third strike for what would have gone down as the third out of the inning. Instead, Whiteman was able to hustle down the first base line and reach base safely as the catcher first bobbled the ball and then threw wide of first base.
Heny followed with a base hit to set the stage for Hayden Cragoe’s home run just to the left of the Ed Lynn Field scoreboard in right. The sequence built Powell’s lead to 7-2.
Riverton recovered one of the runs in the fourth, but gave it back in the bottom of the fifth as Andreasen reached on an error, moved to third on Heny’s single and scored on a Hayden Cragoe sacrifice fly to left field. Powell added two more runs in the sixth as Vogt and Beuster led off the inning with back-to-back doubles to score.
Riverton pulled closer with three runs during its final at bat as Whiteman gave way to Wright on the pitching mound. Whiteman took the victory after throwing six and one-third innings, striking out nine and walking four. Wright recorded the last two outs on strikeouts, but not before walking a pair of batters in a non-save situation.
Powell moves to 6-0 in conference play with the victories.