TACOMA, Wash. -- The Pioneers had a tough first game in Saturday's double-header against the Loggers losing 4-7.
Lewis & Clark had another slow start going down 4-0 early at the bottom of the first inning. Matthew Donovan was able to hit a double at the top of the first but was left on base.
The Pios earned their first run at the top of the third when Chandler Vieira flied out to center field but brought in Kevin Jacobs who was sitting on third base. At the bottom of the third the Pios were able to hold the Logger to no hits.
In the fourth and fifth inning the Pioneers went scoreless and allowed the Loggers to bring in three more runs, one in the fourth and two in the fifth, making th score 7-1. The Pios then answered back with another run at the top of the seventh making the score 7-2. Justin Katona came home after M. Donovan hit an RBI single to left field. Katona was able to bring in the run after hitting a single to right field and then stealing second.
At the top of the eighth the Pioneers closed the score gap to three by bringing in another two runs. Connor Eggleston hit an RBI single to second base which brought in Sean Shepherd. Cooper Larson also came home after Katona reached on a fielder's choice making the score 4-7.
The Pioneers were able to get another hit from M. Donovan at the top of the ninth but were unable to bring in three runs to tie the game.
M. Donovan was the main hitter for the Pioneers in this first game going four for five.
The Pios finished with a total of 10 hits and two errors to the Loggers seven hits and one error.
The second game of today's double-header is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
The Pioneers lost the second game of the double-header this Saturday afternoon with scores of 10-1.
In the second game the Pioneers still struggled to find any rhythm and were unable to bring in any runs in the first six innings. The Pios were able to find four hits in those innings but left five runners on base. The Loggers scored four runs in the first six innings but also left six players on base.
At the top of the seventh, R. Ericksen got the Pios rolling with a single through the left side. Katona then bunted and beat the throw to first base which also allowed R. Ericksen to advance to second. Kevin Jacobs then advanced to first off of an error by Puget Sounds second baseman which led to the bases loaded with one out. Lewis & Clark's Matthew Donovan was then up at the plate hoping to continue his excellent hitting performance from the first match but flied out to center field. This allowed Ericksen to bring in the first run for the Pioneers making the score 4-1.
The Loggers then answered back at the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings with six more runs to increase their lead 10-1.
In the ninth inning the Pioneers were able to get two more hits but no runs were brought in.
The Pios finished the game with eight hits to the Loggers 15. Robert Reaser was the main pitcher for Lewis & Clark finishing with six strikeouts and six runs out of seven innings.
"Our pitchers competed much better today." Said Head Coach Matt Kosderka "Unfortunately, we weren't able to take advantage of some scoring opportunities. Conniff continued to throw really well out of the bull pen and Reaser was much more his usual self today."
The Pioneers will stay in Tacoma and play a third game against Puget Sound this Sunday, March 4. The game will start at 12 p.m.