Lake Myrtle, Florida – The Pioneer baseball team took on a pair of top-10 teams in the country on Wednesday and were roughed up to the tune of 25 runs as they dropped 14-2 and 11-5 decisions to #3 Niagara and #8 St. Cloud. Their season record now stands at 2-6-1.
"We've played a great schedule down here this year against quality opponents," said eighth year coach Danny Smith. "Five games have been against Division II opponents with four World Series appearances between them in the last two years. Today, we played a couple of Division III schools and they are ranked in the top-10 in the country."
"But, iron sharpens iron."
In game one, Niagara was up 6-0 before Delta was able to score two runs to cut in to the lead. With the score 7-2 going in to the bottom of the sixth, the Thundercats plated seven more runs to put the game out of reach. Joe Tany (0-2) was tagged with the loss on the hill while five different Pioneers collected hits to lead the offense.
The Pioneers were down 6-1 after two innings against St. Cloud and 11-2 going in to the final frame before plating three runs and losing 11-5. Carson Longstreth took the loss on the bump for Delta while collecting two hits and two RBI on offense. Matt Fisher also had two hits for Delta.
With an off-day tomorrow, Delta hopes to recover in time to play NJCAA Division III Hibbings Community College in an double-header on Friday before finishing their spring trip with a single game on Saturday versus Vermilion. Game time Friday is scheduled for 12:30 pm at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven.