Pioneers: Two out of three ain’t bad

Safe at second – Williamsburg Pioneers runner Kendrew Byers (#77) is pictured above sliding into second base in the bottom of the sixth inning June 21st in Williamsburg. The game against the Cornwall River Rats went into extra innings, with the Pioneers coming up short 14-13. Byers went three-for-five on the night with one RBI, two stolen bases and scored one run in the extra inning. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

WILLIAMSBURG – As the Meatloaf song says, two out of three ain’t bad. The Williamsburg Junior/Senior Pioneers won two and lost one in extra innings this past week on the diamond in Upper Canada Little League play.

Pioneers 16, River Rats 4

CORNWALL – The Pioneers visited the River Rats (#2) in Cornwall June 19th, beating them 16-4.

Williamsburg took an early lead, scoring five runs in the first and three in the second inning, holding Cornwall scoreless.

The River Rats held the Pioneers scoreless in the third while batting home four runs in a comeback attempt, Pioneers lead 8-4.

Williamsburg scored three runs in the fourth inning while pitcher Dean Lapier shut down the River Rats, allowing a single and striking out three in four at-bats.
The Pioneers put the hammer down in the fifth, scoring five runs for the 16-4 win.

Noah Keeler went four-for-five with four RBI’s in the game while Devon Swindells had a double and two singles going four-for-four with three RBI’s in the game, earning three runs. Thomas Rae had three singles, two stolen bases and two RBI’s, crossing the plate three times; Nolan Henry went three-for-four with two singles and a double, was walked once, with one stolen base earning three runs.

River Rats 14, Pioneers 13

WILLIAMSBURG – The Pioneers fought a close match at the diamond June 21st at J.C. Whitteker Park, losing to the Cornwall River Rats (#1) team 14-13 in extra innings.

River Rats hit the scoreboard in the first inning, scoring three runs off Pioneers pitcher Henry. Williamburg answered back with three in bottom of the first.

Cornwall took a 6-3 lead in the second while Lapier was on the mound. The Pioneers were held scoreless in the third, and the fourth innings, while the River Rats added five more runs in the top of the fourth to lead 12-3.

The Pioneers landed four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and tied the game with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With the game tied at 12, the teams went into extra innings.

Pioneers closer Tory Barnett allowed two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 14-12 lead. Williamsburg runner Kendrew Byers’ crossed the plate in the bottom of the sixth but the team fell short losing 14-13. Lapier had four RBI’s for the game while going three-for-three at bat.

Pioneers 13, Wild Cats 3

Closer Tory Barnett with his signature fastball

KEMPTVILLE – Williamsburg’s bats were hot June 23rd, knocking the Kemptville Wild Cats (#3) team in Kemptville 13-3.

Lapier went two-for-three with four RBI’s while Isaac Cummins was three-for-three with two singles and a double.

Henry went three-for-three with one homer.