The Pioneer High School varsity baseball is on a roll of late in the Golden Empire League as they were able to complete their second series sweep in a row by defeating Casa Roble 11-6.
The win Friday evening gives Pioneer a six-game winning streak after defeating Mesa week by a combined score of 34-0 last week.
In the opener on Monday, Pioneer beat Casa 5-2, highlighted by Carson Timothy’s 15 strikeouts in seven innings of work. In game two on Wednesday, the Pats won 5-1 thanks to Matias Michel’s seven innings on the mound and Kody Phillips’ two RBIs.
“We came out and swept last week, so we came out for another one today,” said Patriots head coach Craig Marquez. “Casa Roble is a good solid team. I told the team that taking three straight from anyone is tough. You know everyone’s tendencies and what they can and can’t do. The third game is usually the toughest, so it was just a matter of staying focused for all seven innings. “
The visiting Rams got off to a fast start scoring three runs off pitcher Andrew Van Court in the top of the second inning. However, Van Court calmed down after the second inning and managed to strike out nine Rams in six innings of work.
Pioneer must have taken offense to the early deficit as they scored eight of their own in the top half of the inning. After loading the loaded the bases, Sammy Sanchez took one for the team when he was hit by the pitch bringing home a runner and cutting the score to 3-1.
Hector Casas then walked, scoring the second run before a fielder’s choice brought in Kody Phillips, tying the game up at three. After the Patriots loaded the bases again, Rolando Ramos smacked a triple, clearing the bases scoring Sanchez, Casas, and Timothy to give the Pats a 6-3 lead.
Ramos eventually scored himself before a Hayden Newsom triple made it 8-3.
The Rams got one back in the top of the third, but Pioneer matched it in the bottom of the fourth after Michel scored on a Ryan Pearson double making it 9-4. In the next inning, runs from Ajay Lucero and Hector Casas made it 11-4.
The Rams were able to get one run in the sixth and seventh, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 11-6, with Sammy Sanchez coming on to get the save.
Next for the Patriots will be two non-league games over their spring break. They will hit the road to take on Linden on Monday for a 4 pm start time and then host Chico on Friday at 2 pm
Their next league game will be on Monday, April 24, against Dixon. That game will start at 4 pm at Dixon High School.
“We get two weeks off from the league, so we get a little time to relax and have fun for a little bit. Keeping them focused for that last week in April will be important. That will decide many things, so by then, we should know what we need to do to solidify our spot in the standings. “