Pioneers outscore Dawson 48-9 on weekend, win 14th MonDak title



Playing in the MonDak Conference for the final time, the Pioneers went out on top. As they always have.


The Pioneers were members of the MonDak Conference for 14 years, and with a sweep of Dawson Community College on the weekend, they won the MonDak Conference for the 14th straight time.

“I think it’s always good when you win at this time of year, especially with a sweep,” Pioneers Head Coach Jeff Brabant said. “Our goal is to be playing our best in the ‘second season.’ And we’re peaking at the right time, which is as important as anything. To beat our rivals and to clinch the MonDak and keep the torch lit, it’s special. It’s just icing on the cake.”

The MonDak Conference made a new bylaw recently that effectively kicks the Pioneers out of the conference that they have owned since the program started in 2001.

But, while winning the conference has turned into tradition for the Pioneers, it doesn’t mean anything as the postseason starts this weekend.

“It’s always a goal to win the conference,” Brabant said. “You want to utilize the regular season as something to play for. And we have a lot of alumni that have paved the way for where we are. You don’t want to be the team that breaks the tradition. But it doesn’t mean anything other than a sense of pride and to just say that we did it.”

The Pioneers hammered Dawson over the weekend, outscoring them 48-9 in the four games. At Connors Stadium on Sunday, they won 18-2 and 18-5.

“This weekend sets the table for the upcoming weekends,” Brabant said. “And it’s always tough to beat a team seven times, especially in baseball where so many things can happen. It’s a testament to our guys and that they believe in the process of what we’re trying to do. When you get to this time of the year and you’re putting up the numbers we are, it gives us a lot of confidence for the postseason.”

In Glendive on Saturday, the Pioneers rolled to a 10-1 win in the first game and had to hold on for a 2-1 win in the nightcap.

Riley Horn threw five scoreless innings in the first game, allowing just one hit and three walks. He struck out six in the win. Ty Church allowed one run on one hit in two innings of relief.

The Pioneers scored three runs in each the second, fifth and sixth innings and added a token run in the seventh.

Myles Wesener, Zach Cortese, Dillon Peterson and Michael Gahan each had two hits in the win. Peterson and Gahan each drove in three runs and Wesener had two RBIs.

In the second game in Glendive, Dakota Cortese won the pitchers duel. He went all seven innings, allowing a single run in the second inning on five hits. He struck out nine and walked only one.

The Pioneers didn’t have their typical bats out. But they scratched out a run in the fifth to tie the game and then did the same in the seventh to pull out the win.

Peterson was the only Pioneer with multiple hits, going 2-4. Cayden Napierala tripled and Alan Ibanes scored both runs for the Pioneers.

On Sunday, the Pioneer bats exploded. They set the tone for the day in the first inning of the first game, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first.

In the first game, the Pioneers scored 18 runs on 16 hits. Napierala had a big day, going 4-4 with a double, a run scored and four RBIs. Peterson, Tyler Reitz and Brandon Kemp each had two hits. Peterson drove in two and Wesener had three RBIs in the win.

Michael Gahan was the recipient of all the run support. He allowed no runs on three hits and struck out three in four innings of work. Tony Roberts and Sean Getchell worked the fifth to preserve the win.

WIth that win, the Pioneers locked up the MonDak title, and things looked sluggish to get started in the final game of the weekend.

Dawson scored four runs, equalling their total in the first three games, in the top of the first.

But the Pioneers scored seven runs in the second, four in the third and six in the fourth to blow the game out again.

The Pioneers again had 16 hits in the win, and nine of those went for extra bases. Peterson and Andy Scott each had two hits in the game, both home runs. Peterson drove in three and Scott drove in two. Brayden Matheson also homered in the game and Zach Cortese went 2-4 with two triples and five RBIs.

Gahan finished with four RBIs and Kemp went 3-3 with three runs scored.

Kyle Barras earned the win on the mound, allowing five runs on seven hits. Brad Rook and Zakary Horton completed the game, neither allowing a hit or a run.

The Pioneers will be hosting the Region IX D-II Tournament this weekend, hosting Dawson and Southeast Nebraska. Action gets started on Saturday at 12 p.m., with Dawson and Southeast. MCC will play Dawson at 3:30 p.m., and Southeast at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, if one team is undefeated the championship game will be held at 12 p.m. If each of the teams goes 1-1, Southeast and Dawson will play at 12 p.m., with the winner facing the Pioneers at 3:30 p.m., in the championship.

Miles 10, Dawson 1

MCC 0 3 0 0 3 3 1 - 10 11 1

DCC 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1 2 3


Miles (31-8-1, 15-2)- M. Wesener 2-5, 2 RBI; C. Napierala 1-5, run; Z. Cortese 2-4, 2 runs; D. Peterson 2-2, 2 runs, 3 RBI; A. Scott 1-3, 2 runs; T. Reitz 0-0, run; B. Kemp 0-2, 2 runs; A. Ibanes 0-3; B. Matheson 1-5; M. Gahan 2-3, 3 RBI.

2B- Scott. 3B- Peterson. HR- none.

Dawson- Hoch 0-4; Fischer 0-3; Young 0-3; House 0-1; Misrasi 0-3; Kautzman 0-3; Lenzen 0-1; Pickett 0-1; Crawford 1-1, run, RBI; Buckway 0-2; Sturgis 1-2.

2B- none. 3B- none. HR- Crawford.


Miles- R. Horn (W) 5 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 6 strike outs, 3 walks; T. Church 2 IP, 1 run, earned, 1 hit, 1 strike out, 0 walks.

Dawson- Rustad (L) 6 IP, 9 runs, 7 earned, 10 hits, 1 strike out, 3 walks; Burgar 1 IP, 1 run, earned, 1 hit, 0 strike outs, 1 walk.

Miles 2, Dawson 1

MCC 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 2 5 0

DCC 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 5 2


Miles (32-8-1, 16-2)- M. Wesener 0-1, RBI; C. Napierala 1-2; B. Matheson 1-4, RBI; Z. Cortese 0-3; D. Peterson 2-4; A. Scott 0-2; M. Gahan 1-2; B. Kemp 0-3; A. Ibanes 0-2, 2 runs.

2B- none. 3B- Napierala. HR- none.

Dawson- Hoch 1-4; Fischer 0-4; Young 0-3; House 1-3; Misrasi 0-2, run; Kautzman 1-2; Buckway 1-3; Sturgis 1-2; Crawford 0-2, RBI. 

2B- Kautzman. 3B- none. HR- none.


Miles- D. Cortese (W) 7 IP, 1 run, earned, 5 hits, 9 strike outs, 1 walk.

Dawson- Bean 6 IP, 1 run, 0 earned, 4 hits, 3 strike outs, 2 walks; Pickler (L) .1 IP, 1 run, earned, 1 hit, 0 strike outs, 2 walks; Misrasi .2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 strike outs, 0 walks.

Miles 18, Dawson 2

DCC 0 0 0 0 2 - 2 6 0

MCC 9 5 2 2 x - 18 16 0


Miles (33-8-1, 17-2)- M. Wesener 1-2, run, 3 RBI; C. Napierala 4-4, run, 4 RBI; B. Matheson 0-2, run, RBI; Z. Cortese 0-1, run; D. Peterson 2-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI; A. Scott 1-2, run, RBI; T. Reitz 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; B. Kemp 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; A. Ibanes 1-2, run; S. Winmill 1-1, run; L. Webb 1-1, run; J. Lee 1-1; C. Mackay 0-1.

2B- Napierala. 3B- none. HR- none.

Dawson- Pickett 0-1; Kautzman 1-2; Fischer 2-3, RBI; Buckway 0-2; Hoch 1-3, run; Sturgis 0-2; Misrasi 0-3; Bird 1-2; Young 1-3, RBI.

2B- Kautzman. 3B- FIscher. HR- none.


Miles- M. Gahan (W), 4 IP, 0 runs, 3 hits, 3 strike outs, 1 walk; T. Roberts .2 IP, 2 runs, 2 earned, 2 hits, 0 strike outs, 0 walks; S. Getchell .1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 strike out, 0 walks.

Dawson- Mercer (L) 1 IP, 9 runs, 6 earned, 5 hits, 1 strike out, 1 walk; Burgan .2 IP, 5 runs, 5 earned, 5 hits, 0 strike outs, 1 walk; Pickett 2.1 IP, 2 runs, 2 earned, 4 hits, 1 strike out, 1 walk.

Miles 18, Dawson 5

DCC 4 0 0 1 0 - 5 7 2

MCC 1 7 4 6 x - 18 16 2


Miles (34-8-1, 18-2)- M. Wesener 3-4, 3 runs, RBI; M. Gahan 1-2, run, 4 RBI; B. Matheson 1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Z. Cortese 2-4, run, 5 RBI; D. Peterson 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI; A. Scott 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI; A. Tennant 0-2; B. Kemp 3-3, 3 runs; A. Ibanes 2-2, 2 runs, RBI; T. Reitz 0-0, run; C. Napierala 0-0, run..

2B- Wesener, Gahan. 3B- Z. Cortese (2). HR- Matheson, Peterson (2), Scott (2)

Dawson- Hoch 0-3; Fischer 2-2, 2 runs; Young 2-3, run; Misrasi 0-1, run; Kautzman 1-2, 3 RBI; Buckway 0-2, run, RBI; Bird 2-3, RBI; Pickett 0-2; Sturgis 0-3.

2B- Fischer, Bird (2). 3B- none. HR- none.


Miles- K. Barras (W) 3.2 IP, 5 runs, 4 earned, 7 hits, 1 strike out, 4 walks; B. Rook 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 strike out, 0 walks; Z. Horton .1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 strike out, 0 walks.

Dawson- Misrasi (L) 2 IP, 8 runs, 7 earned, 7 hits, 0 strike outs, 0 walks; Hoyt 2 IP, 10 runs, 10 earned, 9 hits, 1 strike out, 2 walks.