Pioneers split in last two games of Broward series

Pioneers split in last two games of Broward series

The River built upon their last win in game 2 against Broward with another strong showing in game 3 where they defeated Broward 6-4.

Nikolas Bitner got the nod for The River on the rubber.  Bitner delivered a strong performance going 5.1 innings while striking out 7 and giving up only 1 run.  Bitner earned his 3rd victory of the year.  Eli Finney finished the final 3.1 innings earning a save.

The Pioneer offense was led by Brett Mercier who went 3-4 at the dish, AJ Hrica who went 2-3 driving in 2 runs, Cole Brutcher who drove in 2 runs as well, and JD Stubbs who had a pinch hit 2 RBI triple to help cap off the win for The River. 

In the final game of the series The River lost a tight one to Broward 5-4 in the 4-game series.  The Pioneers battled the whole way through and added 2 late runs in the 6th inning of the 7-inning game, but it was not enough to earn the victory on Saturday.  Paul Benitez did his part by driving in 2 RBI's for the offense.  Axel Salgado smacked 2 hits in a 2-3 day at the plate, and Danny Camilo added his team leading 3rd triple of the year. 

Niels Stone received the start in the final game against Broward for The River.  Stone threw 2.1 innings and dealt with some unfortunate luck as he allowed 2 runs that were both unearned.  Christian O'Kelly and Travis Perry also contributed on the mound, with Perry taking the loss.  Jack Durkin finished the final 1.1 innings of the game where he struck out 1 and didn't allow any runs.