The Powell Pioneers B team was flat for most of the weekend in Gillette, but found life in its fourth and final game. After falling behind 3-0 against the Sheridan Jets, the Pioneers generated an …
The Powell Pioneers B team was flat for most of the weekend in Gillette, but found life in its fourth and final game. After falling behind 3-0 against the Sheridan Jets, the Pioneers generated an offensive spark and went back and forth the rest of the game.
Powell kept Sheridan’s bats in check in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Pioneers a chance to walk off in the bottom. With the bases juiced, Zane Graft drew a walk to drive in the winning run.
“They found a way to pick it up and never quit,” manager Tyler England said. “[Graft] has probably gotten hit by a dozen pitches and hasn’t moved an inch. That’s been his MO all season.”
The win over the Jets came less than two weeks after the Pioneers were routed against the Sheridan club in a home doubleheader. Getting a win over a quality team to wrap up the Gillette tournament could take the Powell squad to new heights.
“It should be a good confidence boost, and it’s what I’ve been talking about all season,” England said. “If you play hard and focused, there’s no one that we shouldn’t be able to compete with.”
Earlier in the weekend, Powell dropped its first three contests: 16-5 to the Post 22 Bullets, 15-6 to Bucks B and 7-0 to the Gillette Rustlers. The Pioneers are 13-17 after the 1-3 weekend.
Powell played a doubleheader on the road Wednesday night against Cody and will face Riverton on Saturday afternoon.