JO Softball: Hopkins throws three-hitter as Pierz splits pair with Sauk Rapids

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Pierz' Sara Schlegel springs to her feet and throws out a runner trying to steal in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Sauk Rapids.

Tiara Hopkins worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth inning to complete a three-hit shutout and lead the Pierz Junior Olympic (JO) softball team to a 3-0 win in the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Sauk Rapids.

Hopkins also led Pierz at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

Sara Schlegel came in on a walk and Miranda Woitalla scored on an error as Pierz built its three-run advantage.

Sauk Rapids threatened to close the gap in its final at bat, filling the bases with one out.

But Hopkins got a ground ball hit right back to her and started a double play to preserve the lead and close out the win.

Sauk Rapids bounced back to win the second game 12-2.

Kayla Carter went 2-for-3 with a double and a run and Shelbie Boser had a double, run and walk for Pierz.

Next up for Pierz is a home doubleheader against Little Falls, Tuesday.


Pierz            3 4 2

Pierz starting pitcher Tiara Hopkins winds up during Tuesday's doubleheader at Sauk Rapids. Hopkins threw a three-hit shutout as Pierz won the opener 3-0.

Sauk Rapids  0 3 2

Pierz—Tiara Hopkins: 2-2, R, BB; Sara Schlegel: R; Miranda Woitalla: R; WP-Hopkins: 5-IP, 0-R, 3-H, 2-BB, 1-K.


Pierz             2  7  5
Sauk Rapids  12 4 3

Pierz—Kayla Carter: 2-3, 2B, R; Shelbie Boser: 1-2, 2B, R, BB.