Pioneers drop two in return to conference play

Pioneers drop two in return to conference play

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had an improved hitting performance in their second game of the day but their late-game comeback was not enough to overtake the Puget Sound Loggers losing 8-6. The Pioneers (8-16, 3-11 NWC) took an early lead putting three runs on the board in the top of the first but struggled to maintain their momentum allowing the Loggers (4-21, 2-12 NWC) to chip away and take an 8-3 lead into the final inning. 

Frankie Warden and Sydney Cross led the Pioneers with three hits apiece while Olivia Brackin added her eighth home run of the season. Savannah Dickson started the game for the Pioneers in the circle pitching four and two-thirds inning allowing eight hits and striking out two.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers did not get out to a great start in the top of the first with Lisa Kumasaka being thrown out at first and Lily Moffit flying out to left field. With their backs against the wall the Pioneers went on a rally. Emily Drevdahl reached first on an error by the Loggers and Brackin sent a long ball into a gap in left field to score Drevdahl and put the first run on the board. Warden then hit a double into right-center to score Brackin while Cross followed it up with a double of her own to right center to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead. 

After a couple of innings of chipping away at the Pioneers' lead, the Loggers erased their three-run deficit and took a one-run lead into the bottom of the fifth. The Loggers started off the inning with a leadoff home run from Jess Shimoda. Puget Sounds' Kelsie Sullivan then earned her second double of the day and scored off a subsequent double from Marissa Oda. The Loggers' Maddie Colombo then stepped up and hit Puget Sounds second home run of the inning and third of the day to give the home team an 8-3 lead with only two innings to go. 

Deeper Look

  • The Loggers had three home runs with one in the second and two in the fifth
  • Brackin had her eighth career home run and is currently tied for first in the NWC in home runs on the season 
  • Kumasaka recorded her 12th stolen base of the season and is currently fourth in the NWC in stolen bases, three out of first place
  • The Pioneers had zero errors compared to the Loggers' three

Game 1

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers struggled to maintain offensive momentum and couldn't hold off the hot bats of the Puget Sound Loggers who recorded two home runs and two doubles in route to a 10-1 victory over the Pioneers. The Pioneers struck first recording a run in the top of the second but this would be their only lead of the game as the Loggers put up seven runs in the bottom of the third followed by three in the bottom of the fourth. With the Pioneers unable to answer the game ended after only five innings.

Emily Drevdahl led the Pioneers with two of the team's seven hits while Lisa Kumasaka recorded the team's only RBI. Drevdahl started the game for the Pioneers' in the circle pitching two and one-third innings and allowing seven hits and five runs. The Pioneers pitching staff were unable to record a strikeout.

Key Moments

After being unable to convert the previous inning with two runners in scoring position the Pioneers loaded the bases with two outs on the board in the top of the second after the Loggers walked Drevdahl. Kumasaka was walked on the next play which allowed Sydney Cross to score and give the Pioneers a 1-0 early on. 

Trailing going into the bottom of the third the Loggers started off the inning with a single from Hana DeGuzman. A subsequent single from Kelsie Sullivan scored DeGuzman to even the game at one apiece. Abbi Wong then homered to right field to score Sullivan and herself and give the Loggers their first lead of the game. The Loggers continued their hot streak with a single from Marissa Oda followed by a double from Maddie Colombo. This led the Pioneers to make a pitching change with Megan Anderson coming in to relieve Drevdahl but this didn't do much to hold off the Loggers. Mackensie Pearlman stepped up found a gap in center field to score two and Abby Brondos recorded the Loggers second home run of the inning to score two more and give Puget Sound a 7-1 lead.

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers left nine runners on base compared to the Loggers' three
  • Drevdahl and Anderson did not walk a single batter but also were unable to record a strikeout
  • Puget Sound's Hana DeGuzman recorded the only stolen base of the game
  • Kumasaka recorded the only RBI of the game for the Pioneers for her second RBI of the season

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers play another doubleheader against Puget Sound tomorrow with games at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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