The Pioneers are absolutely on fire. They are 18-5 now, wining seven straight games.
Western is in Scottsdale, Arizona this week and hammered out a 15-2 win yesterday.
Tanner Andrews threw the complete game to get the win. Josh Anthony, the multi-positioned hit machine for the Pioneers stayed hot again yesterday as he launched two more long balls.
Anthony is torching opposing pitching with an average of .493 and slugging at a .933 pace good enough for ninth in the nation.
Josh is third in the country in RBIs (34) and total bases (70). He is fourth in runs (37) and ninth in hits (37).
Anthony’s eight home runs ranks him second nationally. Just when it looks like the sophomore’s stock couldn’t be any higher consider Anthony has stolen 19 bases and has been caught only twice. His stolen base total of 19 is the sixth highest total of anyone in NJCAA.
Ladies and gents, that is known as production.
The Pioneers as a team are again proving why Western is at the front of the NJCAA line when it comes to producing hitters for the next level.
The Pioneers lead the country in home runs (33) and most of the home games so far this season that have been at home have been against the north wind. That number will for sure rise with a stiff wind from the south to push them out the rest of the way.
Western is fifth in runs, third in extra base hits, fourth in total bases, third in stolen bases, seventh in average and fourth in slugging percentage.
They still average near 11 runs per contest and have scored double digits in each of the seven wins during this streak.
The Pioneers will remain in Arizona for five more games before coming home on March 25 for a single game against Seminole.
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