Skyline scored a 5-3 win in the opener on Monday but the Pioneers bounced back with an 11-2 win the nightcap to earn a split in the SEC Red Division matchup of crosstown baseball rivals.
Let’s start at the beginning. Both offenses showed up in the first inning of the opener. Skyline took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but it didn’t last long as the host Pioneers scored three in the bottom of the inning.
Then, the offenses went cold – or the pitching and defense got hot, depending on your perspective. Neither team scored until the Eagles scored three in the sixth inning to win the game.
Skyline had six hits and one error; Pioneer had three hits and one error in a very well-played game by both sides.
Skyline’s Aaron Goldsmith had two hits and two RBI for the Eagles. Drew Doheny had a hit and an RBI and Shea O’Brien had a hit and a walk in the win.
Noah Kotre had a hit, an RBI and two walks; Matt Grier had a double and a walk; and Donnie Thompson had a hit, run scored and a walk for Pioneer.
Dayton Stamper (4.2 innings, five strikeouts, one earned run), Drew Doheny and Alex Gerdenich (2 innings, one strikeout) combined on the three hitter for the Eagles. Ben Stidham pitched four innings, allowing just one hit and two earned runs with four strikeouts for the Pioneers.
In the second game, the Pioneers put up nine runs in the first inning and that was pretty much the ball game right there. They added runs in the second and fourth innings. Skyline scored its two runs in the third.
Kotre (double, three RBI) and Hazen Westover each had two hits for the Pioneers. Brendan Emch had a double and drove in three runs; Sean Knorr had three walks; Wyatt Raymond had a double and an RBI; Barnes had a hit and scored twice; and Brendan Karsch had a hit, walk and RBI.
Skyline’s Drew Doheny had a hit and an RBI, Ben Zebrowski had a hit and run scored and Ian Unsworth had a hit and a walk.