By PATRICK SLACK
After spotting Howard Lake-Waverly Winsted (HLWW) a 9-0 lead early in the first game of a doubleheader, Pierz outscored the visiting Lakers 17-2 the rest of the night to sweep a pair, Thursday.
Pierz battled back in the opener with a seven-run outburst in the third, followed by runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the score, only for HLWW to regain the lead with a run in the top of the sixth.
But junior Cody Nordmann ensured the comeback would not be squandered, coming through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to put Pierz on top.
Junior Ben Boser then finished off HLWW in the seventh, giving the Pioneers an 11-10 win.
Senior Logan Meyer and Boser each had three hits and combined for three RBIs and three runs to lead the Pierz offense, while junior Brady Dorn blasted a three-run homer.
Juniors Cody Weiss and Brad Meyer each added a pair of hits and an RBI.
Boser allowed only one run over 4 2/3 innings of relief to record the win.
There would be no need for any similar dramatics in the finale, as Logan Meyer shut down HLWW on a complete-game four-hitter, guiding Pierz to a 7-1 win.
Dorn had two hits, including his second homer of the night.
Junior Jon Fuhrman and Boser each singled and scored twice, with Fuhrman stealing two bases.
Junior Nick Lochner added a double and a run.
“We played a very good ball game,” Pierz head coach Danny Saehr said. “Logan Meyer pitched a great game and we played great defense behind him. This was two nice wins for us today.”
HLWW 10 14 1
Pierz 11 16 4
Pierz—Logan Meyer: 3-4, 2B, 2-RBI, 2-R; Ben Boser: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB; Brady Dorn: 2-4, HR, 3-RBI, 2-R; Cody Nordmann: 2-3, 2-RBI, 2-R; Cody Weiss: 2-4, RBI, R; Brad Meyer: 2-3, RBI; WP: Boser: 4 2/3-IP, 1-R, 5-H, 1-BB, 2-K.
Pierz 7 7 1
HLWW 1 4 2
Pierz—Brady Dorn: 2-3, HR, 2-RBI, R; Jon Fuhrman: 1-2, 2-R, 2-SB; Ben Boser: 1-2, 2-R, SB; Nick Lochner: 1-2, 2B, R; WP-Logan Meyer: 7-IP, 1-R, 0-ER, 4-H, 4-BB, 3-K.