By PATRICK SLACK
With no graduates from last season’s roster and only a pair two years ago, Pierz will field a roster loaded with experience this spring as it vies to compete for the top spot in the Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) and Section 6AA.
Senior shortstop Megan Boser leads the offensive attack after hitting .452 a year ago, while junior Tiara Hopkins returns as the primary pitcher.
Other returning starters include seniors Anna Welle (first base), Brook Brausen (third base), Miranda Woitalla (second base), Sara Schlegel (catcher), Michaela Rocheleau (outfield) and Elizabeth Tomala (outfield) and junior Lynn Funk (outfield).
Tomala is out for the season due to injury.
Looking to fill in and compete for playing time in the outfield are senior Morgan Waytashek and junior Lea Uzalac.
“(Our) seasoned veterans bring a lot of experience to the infield and behind the plate,” Pierz head coach Rachel Werk said. “At the plate, expect to see some exciting at bats as we should encounter some great pitching competition this year.”
Seniors on this year’s team include Boser, Welle, Brausen, Woitalla, Schlegel, Rocheleau, Waytashek and Tomala.
The top competition for the Pioneers in the CMC looks to be Maple Lake and Holdingford, Werk said, with Albany and Little Falls among the favorites in the section.
Pierz is scheduled to open the season at Little Falls, Thursday, with its first home game slated for April 16 against Albany.