Pios drop two games in Pacific Northwest debut

Pios drop two games in Pacific Northwest debut

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers held a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning against the Whitman Blues before losing in the 12th inning, 3-2, at Roy Helser Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The game was the first for the Pios at the Northwest Conference pre-season tournament.

Lewis & Clark (0-2) scored two runs in the fifth inning when Cameron Paton scored on Jack Thomson's second career RBI and Matt Donovan crossed the plate when Ryan Ericksen reached on an error.

A sacrifice fly and a single tied the game for Whitman in the eighth before Leo Rivera singled in the game winner in the 12th.

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Key Moments

Dominic Monozon pitched six scoreless innings and struck out four before giving way to Nat Richman in the seventh. Richman allowed two earned runs on three hits with one strikeout to the first batter of the eighth, Matthew Sox.

The Blues (2-3) got a single and a double from the next two batters before David Johnson hit a sacrifice fly for the second out. Jerick Nomura singled to shortstop for the tying run.

"That's a tough one to lose. Our pitchers threw really well and minimized damage," Lewis & Clark head coach Matt Kosderka said. "In the end, it came down to our lack of execution on offense. We failed to get bunts down four or five times and didn't get the ball in play when we needed to with runners in scoring position."

Lewis & Clark left 12 runners on base, while Whitman stranded 10. Along with Donovan, Joey Oda, Cooper Larson and Ericksen had hits for the Pios. Nomura had a multi-hit game for Whitman.

Deeper Look

  • Donovan and Paton each had a pair of stolen bases, as the Pioneers totaled five
  • Austin Conniff (0-1) took the loss after giving up the winning run in the 12th, totaling 3 1/3 innings with three hits, a run, two walks and two strikeouts
  • Milo Mincin (1-1) was awarded the win for Whitman after throwing four scoreless innings
  • Larson's hit was a double to lead off the seventh, but was stranded
  • Lewis & Clark only had one baserunner after the eighth inning when Larson reached on an error
  • Michael Contreras was put in to run for Larson and was caught stealing

Game 2

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost to the Linfield Wildcats after 10 innings of play with a final score of 5-4. The Pioneers had a lead until the Wildcats came back in the eighth inning to tie the game, and eventually win it with a walk-off homerun at the bottom of the 10th inning. This was the Pioneers second game of the day in their preseason Northwest Conference tournament. 

In total, the Pioneers had 13 batters that struck out, but also had 10 walks due to the Wildcats pitching. Matt Donovan, Jack Thompson, and Sammy Benbow lead the way for the Pioneers' batting with each having a hit and a run. The Pioneers struggled to bring in runners, and had a total of 12 runners that were stranded on base compared to Linfield's eight stranded runners.  

Key Moments

Early in the second inning, the Pioneers got a lead of three runs because of faulty pitching by the Wildcats and a fielding error. The Wildcats' pitchers struggled which allowed 10 walks with only 12 strikeouts for the night. The Pioneers took full advantage in the first four innings of the game. 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pioneers started to lose momentum while the Wildcats started to finally get theirs. As the inning continued, the Pioneers had a fielding error as well as well as a homerun which was pitched by Jordan Gonzalez. Although the Pioneers were still up at the bottom of the inning, 4-3.

In the eighth inning, the Wildcats tied the game with a double that brought in a run. The Pioneers and Wildcats were then scoreless until the 10th inning when a single lead another runner home to take the win for the Wildcats. 

Deeper Look

  • Cameron Paton had his second RBI of the season
  • Matt Donavan got his 120th career hit 
  • Max Haddad was awarded the loss due to the single that lead in a runner in the 10th inning
  • The Pioneers pitching overall had six strikeouts with three walks allowed
  • The Pioneers had one unearned run due to a fielding error

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark plays Linfield in the final game on Saturday before competing in two games on Sunday at Pacific.

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