The Prairie Baseball Academy finished up their first road trip of the season on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas. The boys finished the trip with a record of 5-3. PBA picked up a win over Northeastern Junior College, and two wins a piece against the College of Southern Idaho and Eastern Utah Community College. 2017 was one of the best road trips PBA has ever had in Las Vegas and the coaching staff was very pleased with what they saw on the field. Like always, there are plenty of things that need to be improved on before the CCBC regular season starts, but the boys will have plenty of momentum heading into next weekend.
On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore Brett Semeniuk led the team with a batting average of .360(9-25), followed by Dylan Borman .333(10-30) and Dylan Flasch .323(10-31). Third baseman Dylan Borman was a presence in the middle of the lineup with 4 2B, 1 3B and a HR with 7 RBI’s in 8 games. Catcher, Carter Witbeck hit two homeruns on the trip, batting a respectable .280(7-25) and driving in 6. As a team PBA batted .262 for the trip with 19 extra base hits including 4 homeruns. Moving forward some minor adjustments will have to be made, but the hitting was definitely a positive in the first 8 games of the 2017 season.
On the other side of the ball the trio of starters: Tanner Jesson-Dalton, Rhett Feser and Greg Hollman were very effective for PBA. Dalton appeared in 3 games, starting 2. He finished with 11.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 14 K’s, 4 BB and a 1-0 record. Feser also started twice on the trip with a brilliant outing in the final game leading to a PBA win. The sophomore left-hander finished with 11.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 8 K’s, 6 BB and a 1-0 record. Newcomer Greg Hollman threw 12.2 innings, 9 R, 6 ER, 8 K’s, and 3 BB. These three arms will be key to coach Hubka’s pitching staff in 2017. If they continue to pitch like they did on the first road trip opposing teams will have a difficult time putting up big numbers off of them. Out of the bullpen freshman Liam Sabiston was very good in his 3 appearances. Sabiston picked up 2 of the 5 PBA wins and struck out 13 opposing batters in 9.2 innings, pitching to a 3.62 ERA. As a pitching staff PBA compiled a 3.17 ERA, which is a very good sign due to the competition the team was up against. Moving forward coach Hubka will surely want to reduce the amount of walks his pitchers are giving up, minimizing pitch counts and involving the defence more.
The boys will have a week of practice to sort out some of the issues, but will be back in action this weekend. On Saturday PBA will take on Walla Walla Community College, and Columbia Basin CC this Sunday. Make sure to follow along with us on Pointstreak as the boys try to continue their great start to the season. Thank you to everyone who followed us during our initial road trip!
To see the statistics from the first trip please click here.
To see PBA's results/schedule please click here.
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