A pair of setbacks for Pioneers to open NWC Preseason Tourney

A pair of setbacks for Pioneers to open NWC Preseason Tourney

NEWBERG, Ore. — Robert Reaser made his second start of the season and struck out five through his first five innings as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers. He finished with six strikeouts over seven innings pitched, allowed six hits and two runs.

Puget Sound scored two in the second inning, including one on the first of Lewis & Clark's two errors. Ty Brazelton reached on a fielding error and Kyle Strash scored during the sequence. James Dejesus singled in another run to give the Loggers a 2-0 lead that they added to in the eighth and ninth innings.

"Started off a little rough, but as the game kind of ramped up, I started to feel more like myself and got back to what I wanted to do," said Reaser.

Jacob Serafini had his first career hit against a Northwest Conference-opponent when he singled up the middle in the fifth inning. The freshman was also part of a rundown that ended the top of the first inning. The Pioneers also had a successful pickoff play in the top of the fifth when Reaser, Chandler Vieira and Max Gordon combined to tag out Jack Gries.

Puget Sound added five runs in the eighth and ninth innings after Max Haddad and Brian Tatman came on in relief of Reaser.

The Pioneers best offensive chance came in the third when Justin Katona and Matt Donovan each singled, but the Loggers turned a double play to end the inning. Donovan added a double in the eighth inning. Lewis & Clark stranded six baserunners, while Puget Sound left 11. 

Sean Shepherd also had a hit. 

"Still trying to see where our best guys are and get a look at some of their players for next time we play them," said Reaser about the advantage of getting to play NWC teams before the conference schedule starts.

Game 2

Matt Donovan brought in the Lewis & Clark Pioneers only run of the day as they dropped the day's finale, 4-1, to the George Fox Bruins. 

Donovan had his second double of the day, while Cameron Paton hit one of his own. Paton also had a stolen base after starting in left field.

Freshman Nick Kennison allowed four runs on eight hits to go with four strikeouts. 

"Proud of the way our guys battled against a very good team," said head coach Matt Kosderka. "Nick Kennison pitched his heart out. Ho, ever a failure to execute on defense and in run scoring situations cost us."

The Pioneers left seven on base, including two in each the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Sean Shepherd and Cooper Larson hit consecutive singles before the next three batters recorded outs. In the fifth, Paton led off with a walk and Joey Oda's single moved him to third. Donovan's groundout scored Paton, but Oda and Shepherd, who later walked, were left stranded before the Pios could do any more damage. Lewis & Clark trailed 2-1 at that point before George Fox added two more runs in the sixth.

The Pioneers finish the weekend in Forest Grove, Ore. on Sunday against Puget Sound and Pacific.