Central Minnesota Baseball: Pierz stuns Eden Valley-Watkins in 10

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor
patrick.slack@mcrecord.com

Pierz junior Chris Ortman turned in a standout effort in his first career varsity start against visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, May 3, blanking the Thunder on two hits over six innings in a 9-1 victory. Ortman also had a save at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, May 2, as the Pioneers took over first place in the conference.

Pierz junior Chris Ortman turned in a standout effort in his first career varsity start against visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, May 3, blanking the Thunder on two hits over six innings in a 9-1 victory. Ortman also had a save at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, May 2, as the Pioneers took over first place in the conference.

Pierz overcame a 3-1 fifth-inning deficit to knock off host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW), May 2.

That was practically a cakewalk compared to Monday’s home tilt versus Eden Valley-Watkins (EVW).

Despite trimming a 5-1 deficit to one run heading into its final at bat, Pierz was down to its final strike.

Then, seniors Brad Meyer, Ben Boser and Cody Weiss strung together back-to-back-to-back singles to tie the score at 5-5 and force extra innings.

The game was still knotted up in the 10th, when senior Jon Fuhrman led off with a single and came home to score on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Weiss in the 6-5 win.

Boser reached base six times in the contest, collecting four hits and drawing two walks, while Meyer went 3-for-6 and senior Brady Dorn doubled and knocked in three runs.

Meyer also earned the win with five innings of shutout, no-hit relief.

The ensuing nightcap didn’t contain the same drama, yet resulted in a win just the same for Pierz, as they clipped the Eagles 8-2.

The Pioneers sent Meyer back to the mound once again and he never left, limiting EVW to one earned run in the complete-game victory.

Dorn and Weiss each had three hits, two runs and two RBIs to provide the bulk of Pierz’ offense, while junior Nate Athman doubled and knocked in three runs.

 

Ortman pitches Pierz 

past LPGE 9-1

Junior Chris Ortman made his first career varsity start one to remember, handcuffing visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle’s (LPGE) lineup in a 9-1 win, May 3.

Ortman shut out the Thunder over six innings of work, allowing just two hits and striking out seven.

Senior Nick Lochner and Meyer led the offensive attack, each going 2-for-4 with a run.

Junior Mac Gruber and freshman Noah Boser each added an extra-base hit and Ben Boser stole two bases and scored three runs.

 

Pioneers rally in finale to

gain split with HLWW

An eight-run second inning by HLWW put Pierz in a hole it couldn’t climb out of in the first of two, but the Pioneers rallied back to take the finale 6-4.

Meyer went 2-for-3 in each game to lead Pierz at the plate.

Boser collected a pair of hits and Lochner drove in two runs in the opening game, with Dorn providing a game-tying double in the finale.

Gruber worked around 10 walks in 5 2/3 innings pitched to earn the win in the second game.

 

Huskers sweep past 

Kimball Area, BBE 

Holdingford inserted itself as a Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) contender with a pair of road sweeps this week over Kimball Area, May 2, and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE), Monday.

Junior Jake Nelson was dealing in the opener against Kimball, holding the Cubs to just one hit over five innings in a 6-0 victory.

Nelson also went 2-for-3 with two runs offensively, with junior Jeremy Springer doubling and driving home two.

The finale was a much more adventurous affair, as Holdingford overcame seven errors to win 5-4 on a walk-off single by senior Beau Maciej.

Holdingford notched two more wins at BBE, scoring nine times twice in a 9-4, 9-2 sweep of the Jaguars.

Senior Sam Butler drilled a pair of hits in the opener, with Springer going 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs in the second game.

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