While it was a chilly afternoon at Connors Stadium, the Miles Community College offense continued to stay hot in a 7-2 non-conference win over Williston State College yesterday.
The Pioneers hammered out 13 hits in the win that pushed their season record to 21-8-1. They remained on top of the MonDak Conference with a 6-2 record. Miles and Williston split their MonDak Conference games earlier this month. Williston is now 7-15-1 and 4-2 in the conference.
MCC will be on the road to Devils Lake, N.D.,, taking on MonDak Conference newcomers Lake Region State College. This is the first year of baseball at Lake Region. The games this weekend will be held Friday and Saturday.
In yesterday’s action, the Pioneers got on the board in the first inning and didn’t look back. Myles Wesener led off the inning by reaching on an error. Two batters later, the Pioneers made the Tetons pay when Brayden Matheson smoked a triple to centerfield. Courtesy runner Tyler Reitz scored three pitches later on a passed ball.
In the third, the Pioneers again took advantage of a Teton error. Dillon Peterson doubled to right, scoring two and giving the Pioneers all the runs they would need.
MCC added single runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings to pull away with the win.
Brad Rook was solid on the mound in his six innings of work for the Pioneers. He allowed two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out six. Zakary Horton threw three shutout innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out five.
Offensively, Matheson, Zach Cortese, Andy Scott and Alan Ibanes each had two hits. Cayden Napierala and Peterson each drove in two.
Miles 7, Williston 2
WSC 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 2 7 4
MCC 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 x - 7 13 1
Miles (21-8-1, 6-2)- Wesener 1-3, 2 runs; Napierala 1-4, 2 RBI; Matheson 2-4, RBI; Cortese 2-3, run, RBI; Scott 2-5; Peterson 1-5, 2 RBI; Gahan 1-4; Kemp 1-3; Ibanes 2-4, 2 runs; Reitz 0-0, 2 runs.
2B- Peterson. 3B- Matheson, Wesener. HR- none.
Williston (7-15-1, 4-2)- Benson 0-3, run; Diaz 0-4; Wiwchar 1-4, RBI; Myers 0-4; Burrola 2-4; Gomez 0-3; Adams 2-3; Lacroix 1-4, RBI; Bolatas 1-3; Unnamed 0-0, run.
2B- Adams. 3B- none. HR- none.
Miles- Rook (W) 6 IP, 2 runs, 2 earned, 5 hits, 6 strike outs, 3 walks; Horton 3 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 5 strike outs, 0 walks.
Williston- Kinkade (L) 2.1 IP, 3 runs, 1 earned, 4 hits, 0 strike outs, 3 walks; Sylvester 3.2 IP, 2 runs, 2 earned, 7 hits, 4 strike outs, 0 walks; Wagner 2 IP, 1 run, earned, 2 hits, 1 strike out, 2 walks.