Baseball: Pioneer splits with Plymouth, fall to Brighton in non-league game


After splitting a doubleheader on Saturday to a quality Plymouth team, the Pioneer baseball team faced another tough test on Monday at Brighton. The Bulldogs set the tone early with seven runs in the first two innings and pounded out 14 hits in a 9-3 win in a non-conference game.

The Pioneers scored a run in the fourth, two in the seventh and finished with seven hits. Neither team committed an error.

Matt Grier and Sam Ciesielski each had two hits for the Pioneers. Demas had a hit and two RBI for Pioneer. Brendan Karsch took the loss (seven hits and seven runs). Grier pitched well in relief (3.2 innings, three hits, five strikeouts, no runs.)

On Saturday, Donnie Thompson’s sac fly scored the game-winning run for the Pioneers in a 7-6 victory over Plymouth in the second of two games. The winning run came in the eighth inning.

Plymouth scored three runs in the top of the first, but Pioneer got two right back in the bottom of the frame. Plymouth added a run in the top of the second but Pioneer took a 6-4 lead after a four-run second inning. Plymouth tied the game with two in the fifth.

Pioneer had eight hits and were perfect in the field.

Donnie Thompson was 2-for-2 with two RBI, two walks and a run scored; Karsch was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk; and Wyatt Raymond had two hits and a run scored. Sean Knorr had a hit and an RBI and Parker Gibb had a hit and a run scored.

Knorr started and allowed four runs and four hits with three strikeouts over 4.1 innings. Daniel Olson worked two innings (two hits, one run) and Thompson worked the final two, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.

The Pioneers lost the opener 6-5. Thompson had two RBI for the Pioneers, who had just three hits in the ballgame.

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