Pioneers suffer first loss of the season in Ariz.


For the first time on this young season, the Pioneer baseball team from Miles Community College suffered a defeat.

In Arizona, the Pioneers lost yesterday to Arizona Western 6-2. The loss drops MCC to 5-1-1 on the season. 

The Pioneers trailed 3-0 going into the top of the fourth when they finally got on the board, scoring two runs to cut the game to 3-2. But Arizona Western scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to pull away with the win.

Andy Scott had a big day at the plate for the Pioneers, going 3-3 with a run scored. Dillon Peterson, Zach Cortese, Michael Gahan, Myles Wesener and Brayden Matheson also had base hits for the Pioneers. Matheson ran his season-long hitting streak to seven games.

Dakota Cortese (1-1) took the loss on the mound for the Pioneers. He allowed four runs on two hits over six innings. He struck out five, walked two and hit two batters.

Earlier in the week, the Pioneers hot start earned them a spot in the top-20 in the National Junior College Athletic Association D-II national poll.

After being unranked through the first two polls of the season, the Pioneers moved into the 14th spot in the national poll.

The Pioneers face a stiff end to their trip to Arizona. They will play GateWay Community College today. GateWay is currently ranked eighth in the NJCAA D-II poll. On Friday they will take on Pima Community college and Central Arizona. Central Arizona is ranked #11 in the NJCAA D-I poll. 

MCC will wrap up their spring trip on Saturday against Cochise College. They will return to the diamond on Wednesday March 26th in a non-conference game against Dawson Community College. They will be at home for the first time on Saturday, March 29th in a double-header against Prairie Baseball Academny.






Arizona Western 6, Pioneers 2

MCC 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 2 8 2

AWC 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 - 6 6 0


Pioneers (5-1-1)- A. Ibanes 0-3; A. Tennant 0-2, RBI; D. Peterson 1-4; L. Webb 0-1; Z. Cortese 1-3, run; B. Kemp 0-2, RBI; M. Gahan 1-4; B. Matheson 1-4; S. O’Connell 0-1; A. Scott 3-3, run; M. Wesener 1-5.

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

Arizona Western- stats not reported.


Pioneers- D. Cortese (L, 1-1) 6 IP, 4 runs, 2 earned, 2 hits, 5 strike outs, 2 walks, 2 hit batters; Z.  Horton 1 IP, 2 runs, 2 earned, 3 hits, 0 strike outs, 1 walk; T. Church 1 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 strike outs, 1 walk.

Arizona Western- stats not reported.