Pioneers strong in Green River tourney

Riverton doubleheader Tuesday

Posted 7/2/24

Bats were flying at the Green River Knight wood bat tournament, as the Powell Pioneers defeated Pocatello 6-1, lost to Cheyenne 4-3, defeated Lockwood 17-8 and Jackson 8-0 to finish this past weekend …

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Pioneers strong in Green River tourney

Riverton doubleheader Tuesday


Bats were flying at the Green River Knight wood bat tournament, as the Powell Pioneers defeated Pocatello 6-1, lost to Cheyenne 4-3, defeated Lockwood 17-8 and Jackson 8-0 to finish this past weekend 3-1.

“I feel like we played the toughest schedule of anybody there,” manager Jason Borders said. “It was a good weekend.”



Kicking off the action in Green River on Thursday the Pioneers (31-14 overall, 3-3 ‘A’ Northwest) matched up with the Post 4 Razorbacks ‘A’ (15-14) out of Pocatello, Idaho.

Powell got on the board in the top of the first, with Cade Queen reaching via an error with two outs.

Trey Stenerson followed with a single, and Queen advanced to third base.

An error on a pickoff attempt to first base allowed for Queen to score and Stenerson to round to third before the inning ended on a pop out.

“For getting off the bus and playing I’m happy with the way we took care of them,” Borders said. “They booted the ball around a bit and gave us some runs.”

It took until the third inning for Powell to extend its lead, when Brock Johnson hit a leadoff double.

He advanced to third on a ground out, before Queen drove him in on a single.

The Pioneers didn’t find more runs until the sixth, as Stenerson led off with a single.

He stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before Cole Fauskee walked.

Fauskee stole second during the next at bat, allowing Stenerson to steal home.

More insurance came in the top of the seventh.

Johnson doubled to lead off, and Jordan Loera joined him after a bunt to put runners on the corners.

Loera stole second, allowing Johnson to steal home and score while Loera also advanced to third after an error by the center fielder.

Queen then singled to score Loera, making it 5-0.

Queen was caught stealing second, before Stenerson doubled to get on.

Fauskee hit into an error, reaching first while Stenerson rounded to score.

Pocatello got one run in the bottom of the seventh to avoid the shutout, but the Pioneers earned a 6-1 win.

Queen got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and giving up only two hits while striking out six.

“He (Queen) threw well,” Borders said. “If we didn’t have Riverton coming up I wouldn’t have thrown him that early in the tourney.”

He also went 2-4 at the plate with two RBIs, and Stenerson went 3-4 at the plate.



After the win Thursday the Pioneers turned their attention to the ‘AA’ Hawks (26-16-1) on Friday, looking for another strong win.

Queen once again got things started in the bottom of the first, hitting a two out single.

Stenerson walked, then Jhett Schwahn, hitting in a new spot at No. 5, hit a single to score Queen and make it 1-0.

“We got Jhett in the five to protect Trey,” Borders said. “He likes it and didn’t mind hitting there … I like having him there, it has us five deep.”

Cheyenne responded in the top of the second, when two walks put runners on, and strong base running allowed for a run to score despite Johnson not giving up a hit on the mound.

The Hawks took the lead in the top of the fourth, when a single and a walk put two runners on with one out.

The lead runner advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single to make it 2-1.

Hitting into a fielder’s choice advanced the lead runner again, and a steal put two in scoring position before a single scored both runners and made it 4-1.

Powell attempted a late comeback in the bottom of the sixth.

Stenerson walked with one out, while Schwahn and Ethan Welch were hit by pitches to load the bases.

After a strikeout, Fauskee pinch hit a single to drive in two and make it 4-3.

Powell got a runner to second in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t find the tying run, falling 4-3 to the Hawks.

“That’s all you can ask for,” Borders said. “They didn’t lay down — put a little rally together but just came up short.”

Johnson gave up no hits in two innings on the mound, with four strikeouts and two walks. Stenerson gave up six hits over five innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

“He (Johnson) threw good while he was in there,” Borders said. “Trey came in and threw well. I thought he threw really good coming in in relief.”

Fauskee went 1-1 with two RBIs, while Schwahn went 1-2 with an RBI.



On Saturday the Pioneers matched up with the Razorbacks (2-8-1) out of Billings, looking to get back on track.

Powell started scoring early and often, as Johnson led off with a single and Loera walked in the top of the first.

A pop out advanced Johnson, before a strikeout left Powell looking to salvage a run with two outs.

Schwahn hit into an error, with both runs advancing all the way to score and Schwahn advancing to third.

He found his way home on a wild pitch, before Fauskee walked.

Fauskee advanced to second on a steal, before Welch walked to put two on.

Jacob Gibson singled to score a run, and Trevion Solberg walked to load the bases.

Johnson stepped back up and hit a grand slam to center field to cap off a strong first with Powell up 8-0.

“I was confident, we watched them play the day before,” Borders said.

A couple hits, an error and strong base running allowed Lockwood to respond, scoring two in the bottom of the first to make it 8-2.

Powell pushed its advantage back out in the top of the second, starting with a Queen double.

He stole third, before Stenerson walked to put two on.

Stenerson stole second, and Schwahn doubled to score both and make it 10-2.

Schwahn stole all the way home from second, but Powell was not done.

Gibson and Solberg singled and Johnson followed with another to score a run to make it 12-2.

Loera singled to score another, with Powell leading 13-2 after the top of the second.

Neither team found a run until the Pioneers extended their advantage in the top of the fourth, starting with a Solberg single and steal, and another Johnson single to place Solberg on third.

Johnson stole second, before a ground out advanced the lead runners to score a run and make it 14-2.

Queen singled to score another, and he eventually stole all the way home over several batters to make it 16-2.

Three walks in the bottom of the fourth along with an error and fielder’s choice helped score three runs for the Razorbacks to make it 16-5.

Powell added its final run in the top of the fifth, starting with Welch and Gibson singles.

Welch scored on a fly out, making it 17-5.

Lockwood scored three in the bottom of the fifth, but Powell saw out the win 17-8.

Johnson went 4-5 with five RBIs, Schwahn and Loera had two RBIs each, while Queen, Gibson and Solberg each had an RBI with Gibson going 3-4 and Solberg going 2-2.

Devin Kokkeler gave up five hits over three innings, while Welch and Gibson each pitched an inning to combine for one hit given up. Powell walked 10 batters.

“He (Kokkeler) gave up a couple runs early and then he settled in and gave us some innings,” Borders said.



Wrapping up the tournament on Sunday the Pioneers took on the ‘AA’ Giants (11-30), a team the Pioneers beat earlier this season.

“They (Jackson) have lost some kids,” Borders said. “Definitely a little different team than we played earlier in the year.”

Powell got on the board in the bottom of the first, when Johnson singled and Loera walked to put two on with no outs.

Johnson advanced to third after tagging up on a fly out, then scored on a ground out by Stenerson to make it 1-0.

The Pioneers extended the lead in the bottom of the second, after Fauskee walked and Welch singled to advance Fauskee to third.

Aiden Greenwald grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Fauskee, but saw Welch out at second before a brief lightning delay.

Solberg singled after the break, before Johnson hit his second home run of the tournament, scoring three to make it 5-0.

Powell added another in the bottom of the third, when Stenerson walked to lead off and stole all the way to third.

Welch doubled to score him, and Powell led 6-0.

It took until the fifth before the Pioneers added another, starting with a Queen double and Schwahn walk with one out.

Fauskee hit into an error that loaded the bases, before Queen scored on a passed ball to make it 7-0.

Powell ended the game via tournament run rule in the bottom of the sixth, when Johnson doubled and Loera singled to score Johnson and make it 8-0.

Johnson finished 3-4 with three RBIs, while Loera, Stenerson, Welch and Greenwald each had an RBI.

Loera pitched a two-hit shutout, recording seven strikeouts and one walk.

“Jordan was spot on,” Borders said. “Even if he would’ve thrown against somebody else it would’ve been a good day. He’s gotten better, he’s getting more confident.”



The Pioneers travel to Riverton on Tuesday (tonight) to take on the Raiders (21-16-1 overall, 0-6 ‘A’ Northwest) in a pair of conference games at 4 and 6 p.m.

Riverton finished 2-2 at the Green River tournament, and Powell will be looking to carry momentum into the matchup after defeating the Raiders in Powell just a week ago 15-12 and 6-1.

“We are starting to see some consistency,” Borders said. “If we can stay healthy we’ll be right where we want to be. We gotta go get two wins (in Riverton).”