Team takes 20-5 record to North Dakota event
The Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team remained unbeaten in conference play this season with a doubleheader sweep at Jackson on Monday. The pair of wins lifts the Pioneers to a 20-5 season mark as the team prepares to travel to Williston, N.D., for tournament action.
Scotty Jameson led the Pioneers in their game one win against Jackson, throwing seven innings of four-hit ball while striking out 10. Jameson also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles in the contest.
Grant Geiser added a pair of RBIs as part of a 2-for-4 day that included a double. Olie Olson also drove in a pair in the contest.
In game two at Jackson, the Pioneers needed just five innings to wrap up a 10-0 victory. Geiser threw the one-hit shutout, walking three while fanning five.
Following Jameson's lead in game one, Geiser helped his own cause by going 2-for-4 with a home run. Tyler England added a pair of triples, while Jameson drove in three runs with a 2-for-4 showing that included a triple.
The victory was the Pioneers' second doubleheader sweep of the past week. The team also dispatched the Sheridan Troopers by scores of 8-2 and 8-5 in recent home action.
Jameson and Geiser teamed up in the opener, with Geiser earning the win after throwing four innings of relief for Jameson. Jameson left the mound with arm discomfort but remained in the contest.
Dallas Robirds was 3-for-3 at the plate while Geiser knocked in three runs.
In the late game, Colt Nix went the distance, allowing 10 hits and three walks while fanning four in the complete-game victory. Josh Cragoe sent the ball deep against the Troopers for a home run, part of a 3-RBI performance. Jordan Gonnoud added a pair of hits as the Pioneers jumped in front early for Nix and held on for seven full innings.
Sandwiched between the pair of doubleheaders, the Pioneers played three games at Aaron's Tournament in Billings. The Pioneers won one contest at the event, suffering a pair of one-run losses and a rain-out as well.
Jake Beuster picked up Powell's only win in Billings with a complete game against the Bozeman Spikes. Beuster fanned nine Bozeman batters while only walking one in seven innings of work.
Garrett Czapla drove in a pair of runs while Geiser, hitting a whopping .559 to date this summer, padded his average with a 3-for-3 performance at home plate.
A 13-game winning streak ended for the Pioneers with a last-inning loss to Miles City in tourament pool play. Powell's Olson took the loss on the hill after throwing 6.1 innings in which he allowed nine hits and six walks.
England, who arrived late at the field after taking the ACT college placement exam earlier in the day, make his presence felt when he entered the contest in the third inning and promptly delivered a triple. England finished 2-for-2, as did Geiser.
Miles City scored its winning run during its final at-bat.
The Pioneers suffered rare back-to-back losses when the Emmanuel Halos repeated Miles City's formula by rallying in the final at-bat for a 6-5 win in a contest where Powell rested many of its regular players.
Joe Wisniewski took the loss with Czapla coming on to throw the final five-plus innings. Cragoe missed by a double of hitting for the cycle after he finished 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs.
“It was great to see our non-starters go out and compete as well as they did,” said Pioneers manager Mike Jameson. “I was most pleased that our defense had just one error in the game, and that was a throwing error that we wound up turning into a double play when their guy tried to advance on the play.”
Powell heads to Williston, N.D., this week for a four-day tournament starting today (Thursday).
Powell opens the event against Canadian entry Weyburn, Sask., at 9 a.m. The team plays north-of-the-border competition again at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against the Regina, Sask., Wolfpack. The Pioneers' pool play concludes at 5:30 p.m. on Friday when Powell faces Aberdeen, S.D.
Powell's next home action will be June 25-27 when the Pioneers host their own Heavy Metal Classic tournament.