Pioneers honor 11 seniors for senior day in last home doubleheader of the season

Pioneers honor 11 seniors for senior day in last home doubleheader of the season

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers kept the Pirates at bay for the first part of game two, with three 1-2-3 innings for both teams before the Pirates finally put a run on the board in the fourth. The Pioneers were connecting with the ball, but struggled to get runners on base. The Pirates rallied in both the fifth and the eighth innings to put runs on the board and clinch the game.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers struggled to get on base despite connecting to the ball. Jacob Serafini was the first to reach base after he struck out swinging, but managed to get down the line on a wild pitch. Tyler Gannon doubled in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season, while Zack Kon singled through the right side in the top of the eighth for his 24th hit of the season. Matt Donovan, on track to break his career doubles record, was hit by a pitch in the ninth to get on base.

Andrew Yarak pitched four innings, allowing six hits and one earned run with one strikeout. Nat Richman came in the relieve Yarak, allowing four hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts. Conniff pitched one inning, allowing seven hits and five earned runs while Dylan Moore closed in the final inning with one strikeout.

Deeper Look

  • Zack Kon and Tyler Gannon had the Pios' two hits of the game, and combine for 44 hits in the 2019 season
  • Yarak has two wins in the season, with the lowest ERA on the team at 3.56
  • Yarak, Nat Richman, and Dominic Monozon are tied with two wins each on the season
  • Austin Conniff leads the team with four saves on the season with 17 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.18
  • Matt Donovan leads the team in batting average, RBI's, home runs, and stolen bases

Game 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers celebrated 11 seniors on Sunday in a doubleheader against the Whitworth Pirates. Jeramy Albert, Austin Conniff, Matt Donovan, Ryan Ericksen, Max Haddad, Nathan Klein, Cooper Larson, Mike Machado, Cameron Paton, Robert Reaser, and Nat Richman played the final home games of their careers this weekend, as the Pios head on the road next weekend to play Whitman for the final three games of the season. The Pios dropped games one to the Pirates, losing 18-3 after a rain delay derailed the eighth inning.

Key Moments

The Pirates established an early lead, putting four runs on the board in two innings. Despite connecting with the ball, the Pios couldn't get runner home, leaving Cooper Larson, Cole Petters and Joey Oda on base in the first three innings. Jack Thomson hit a double to center field in the bottom of the fourth and a single from Zack Kon put him in scoring position before Cole Petters grounded out to end the inning.

The Pios were finally able to put points on the board in the seventh, after Sammy Benbow and Cameron Paton were both walked and Cole Petters singled through the right side to score Benbow. Joey Oda then grounded into a double play, but scored Paton. The eighth inning was delayed due to rain, but the Pirates went on an eight run rally when it resumed, digging too deep a hole for the Pioneers to get themselves out of. Dylan Moore blasted one homer out to center field in response, but the Pios couldn't get the momentum going in the ninth to come back.

Deeper Look

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers head on the road next weekend to take on the Whitman Blues for their final three home games of the season. Play starts at 3pm on Fri., Apr. 19 for a doubleheader, and 12pm on Sat., Apr. 20.