The Pierre Baseball Team didn’t quite have it in game one but turned it on for game two and still came away with a doubleheader sweep last night in Rapid City.
It was an ugly game one for both the Pierre Governors and Rapid City Stevens Raiders as the two teams combined for 16 walks and 12 errors that resulted in over a two and a half hour game to start the night. The Governors jumped out to a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second but over the next few innings Stevens was able to take advantage of the mistakes and walks surrendered by the Govs and took a 7-2 lead into the latter innings. However, the bats came alive and the Governors struck for six runs in the fifth, including a two run bases loaded double from River Iverson which really set the tone in the inning. They plated a run in the sixth and another six runs in the seventh to end game one with a 15-7 blowout win. Josh Rowse picked up the victory on the mound for the Governors as Garrett Stout came into the game when the lead was just 9-7 so he picked up his first save on the year. Stout also went 3-5 from the plate and drove in two runs along with two steals.
In game two, Jacob Mayer was the remedy for the pitching staff as he tossed five scoreless innings in a 16-0 route of the Raiders. The first five Governors reached base in the first inning and all came around to score. Both games saw the Governors record over 10 hits and the team really stroked the ball well last night. Grey Zabel picked up a pair of extra base hits between the two games and Andy Gordon, who didn’t start in game one had a great night from the plate as well squaring up on his multiple hit night.
The Governors left Rapid City with two wins, although it wasn’t exactly how the coaching staff for Pierre would have liked to see it but two wins nonetheless. Now, the Governors will turn their attention to Mitchell tomorrow for the home opener. The game is still pending due to the condition of the field but a decision will be made sometime this afternoon.