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Pioneers continue to spin up dust on base-paths
HARRISON – The Clare Pioneers have continued to fill up the scoreboad with crazy numbers. This time, it was their counterparts to the north, the Harrison Hornets that were the benefactors of Clare’s willingness to keep the foot on the gas, stealing bases, dropping bombs, and running for home as they sloshed up the first victory 26-3, then turned around in the night cap and poured out a 10-0 victory.
In the opener, Clare flung up 3 runs in the first inning, with Colton Punches singling to left. Matt Magnus belted a shot, Harrison compiled a few wild throws, and Punches came rumbling in. That turned out to be the theme of the game. Logan Emery continued to flex, driving in Magnus. Then Brock Swan stepped into the box, jumped on Harrison’s Cody Coopers toss down the middle and pinch runner Mitch Greenacre took from 3rd like an out of control freight-train to turn in the third run of the inning.
Clare would dump on 4 more runs in the second and one more in the third before the Hornets could get the ball popping.
Harrison’s Zach Anderson spanked a hit, then snuck to second. Matt Haskell unloaded to right field to put Anderson on 3rd.
Clare’s defense has be relatively uneasy as compared to years pass, collapsed and allowed three runs to score on poor fielding and throwing.
But with Clare being able to toss up 26 runs, I guess it didn’t matter a whole lot.
Colton Punches was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI’s, Nick Montini was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s.
Dylan LaPorte and Zach Anderson both had hits for Harrison.
In the night cap, Charlie Bugbee went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s to lead the Pioneers.
Harrison was led by Nunnally and Haskell who both had a hit a piece.
“We are improving. I think we are going to win a few more games this season,” said Tom Whitfield of Harrison.