CHICKASHA - A pair of seven run explosions powered the Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers to a 14-4 victory over Redlands Community College on Thursday afternoon.
Redlands, 13-2 and ranked number 10 in the NJCAA Division II baseball, scored the first three runs of the game.
However, Western blasted three home runs including a grand slam in a seven-run third inning. Willie Joung, Randy Joung and Sherman Lacrus all singled to open the inning and that set a big hit from Clemente Para. The 6-1, 195 pound freshman from Lynn, Mass., jacked a grand slam homer to give the Pioneers a 4-3 lead. That was followed by a solo homer from Rafeal Pena and two-run circuit shot from Fraylin Paez.
Western followed that up with another seven run inning in the fourth. Alvardo Rodriguez and Sicnarf Loopstock had run scoring singles. But the Pioneers also took advantage of six walks, one error and two passed balls.
Western pounded out 12 hits in the game. Ten players got hits but only one had a multi hit game. Loopstock was three for four.
Four Western hurlers divided time on the mound. Martin Nolasco, Alex Polanco, Aneuris Rodriguez and Juan Pablo Diaz scattered out seven hits.
Pioneer notes: Western and Redlands are members of the same conference, however Thursday’s game will not count in the conference standings. The two teams will play a four game series next month. The Pioneers are 17-3 on the season and ranked second in the country. Western will play Hutchinson, Kan. Community College in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at Alva. The Pioneers are in the middle of 12 straight games in which they will be playing away from Altus. The next home game will not be until April 2.