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The Casper Horseheads closed out a successful homestand Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of the Western Nebraska Pioneers at Mike Lansing Field.

The Horseheads (7-7) won the opener 7-3  behind a strong performance from starting pitcher Ryan VanLeeuwen and completed the sweep with an 8-7 victory in the nightcap.

In the first game, Jake Hahn had two-run singles in both the second and fourth innings and Robert Cruz hit a two-run homer in the fourth to back VanLeeuwen. The left-hander allowed just one hit and no runs in four innings.

In the nightcap, Cruz drove in Dillon Buckmeier (Gillette) with a single in the bottom of the seventh after the Pioneers (9-4) had tied the game in the top of the inning.

Payton Flynn had a three-run homer in the first for Casper and Derek Almanza added a solo shot in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth.

The Horseheads, who went 5-2 on the homestand, open a three-game series against the Fremont Moo on Tuesday in Fremont, Nebraska.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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