April 15, 2013
Pioneer concludes its dramatic baseball series with Yuba City by snapping Honkers' 28-game Tri-County winning streak

Pioneer had that "here-we-go-again" feeling for awhile on Friday night in its Tri-County Conference baseball matchup with host Yuba City.

The Patriots had seen the Honkers rally late last Monday and on Wednesday to extend their league winning streak to 28 games.

On Friday, Pioneer jumped to a 9-0 lead in the top of the second inning only to see Yuba City score six runs in the bottom of second and six more in the third to take a 12-9 lead.

But this time it was Pioneer who made the comeback.

The Patriots scored four runs in the fourth and one more in the seventh, then held off Yuba City in the bottom of the seventh for a 14-12 victory.

Pioneer's Robert Daugherty came on in relief of Alejandro Caravalho with runners on first and third and got the final two Yuba City outs.

It wasn't a masterpiece.

The two teams combined for 26 hits, 10 walks and nine errors.

Junior Andrew Fuentes slugged two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs for Pioneer (10-6, 4-2). Senior Thomas Galart also went four for four with a home run and a double.

Hayden Meja, Justin Noreen and Wesley Estes each homered and had three RBIs for Yuba City (8-9, 5-1).

Estes' walk-off three-run homer enabled Yuba City to beat Pioneer 6-5 on Monday in Yuba City, then the Honkers scored two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to beat the Patriots 3-2 on Wednesday in Woodland.

Until Friday, Yuba City's last league loss was to Pioneer on April 11, 2011.

Friday's loss dropped Yuba City a game behind Woodland (12-6, 6-0), who the Honkers play host to this afternoon. Yuba City also plays at Woodland on Wednesday, then hosts the Wolves in the series finale Friday night.

Pioneer opens a three-game series at home today against Natomas.

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