Riding high on a three-game win streak going into Monday’s doubleheader against Lovell, the Powell Pioneers were hoping to avenge a 7-0 loss to the Mustangs earlier this season.
But the squad from Big Horn County had other plans, as Lovell staved off a determined Pioneers team 10-8 in the first game before routing the Pioneers 21-4 in the second.
Lovell 10, Pioneers 8
Behind multi-hit games by Kobe Ostermiller, Ryley Meyer and Colin Queen, the Pioneers gave Lovell all they could handle in the opener of a day-night doubleheader before running out of game, losing 10-8.
Powell got the bats going early, plating a run in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. Leading off the game with a walk, Ostermiller advanced to second on a single by Queen. After a double steal put Ostermiller on third and Queen on second, Jesse Brown singled to score Ostermiller.
Ashton Brewer got things going for the Pioneers in the second, singling on a hard shot to the shortstop and beating the throw to first. Brewer then stole back-to-back bases, and scored the second run of the game on an Ostermiller single, making the score 2-0.
Meyer got the start on the hill for the Pioneers, pitching two scoreless innings to start the game, striking out two. Lovell threatened in the second inning, but with the bases loaded and one out, the Pioneers turned a nice double play on a grounder to shortstop Jesse Brown to escape the inning unscathed.
The top of the third was a different story, as the Mustangs plated five runs to take a 5-2 lead. After going three up, three down at the plate in the bottom of the third, Powell allowed two more runs in the top of the fourth to make the game 7-2. Due for a big inning of their own, the Pioneers got exactly that in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs to cut the lead to 7-6.
After Nate Brown reached on an error to start the inning, Meyer singled to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt by Brewer advanced the runners to second and third, setting the stage for an RBI single by Cameron Wentz. That was followed by an RBI single by Ostermiller and, with two outs and runners on first and second, Queen singled to score Wentz. Ostermiller would score from third on a passed ball for the final run of the inning, and just like that, Powell was back in the game.
The Pioneers shut down Lovell in the top of the fifth, with Meyer adding two more strikeouts to his total. Back-to-back doubles by Nate Brown and Meyer highlighted the bottom of the fifth, with the Pioneers scoring a run to tie the game at 7-7. But just as quickly as Powell evened things up, Lovell answered, with Jeremy Schneider blasting a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to re-take the lead at 9-7. Both teams would plate another run each, ending the scoring at 10-8. Powell threatened in the bottom of the ninth to make things interesting, but with two on and one out, Lovell got Cameron Schmidt to hit into a double play to end the game.
Ostermiller led the way at the plate for the Pioneers, finishing with three hits and two RBI. Queen and Meyer each had a pair of hits, with Queen also knocking in two runs. Jesse Brown, Nate Brown, Brewer and Wentz finished with a hit apiece.
On the mound, Meyer allowed 10 runs on 11 hits (nine earned), while striking out seven.
Juan Rivera picked up the win on the mound for the Mustangs, while Schneider swung the heavy bat, finishing with three hits and four RBIs.
Lovell 21, Pioneers 4
The second game of Monday’s doubleheader was Lovell all the way, as the Mustangs had innings of six, seven and eight runs to rout the Pioneers 21-4 in four innings.