By PATRICK SLACK
Pierz watched an early 6-0 lead evaporate in the opening game of a home doubleheader against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE), Monday.
But after BBE tied the score at 6-6 in the top of the fifth inning, Pierz quickly regained control in the bottom half, as senior Jon Fuhrman walked, stole second and came home to score on a double by senior Ben Boser as the Pioneers pulled out an 8-6 win.
Boser reached base in all four of his plate appearances, doubling twice and scoring three runs.
Senior Nick Lochner went 1-for-2 with two RBIs while senior Cody Weiss, junior Nathan Athman and freshman Noah Boser each drilled an extra-base hit.
Athman pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.
The second game was much less nerve-wracking, as Pierz cruised from start to finish in an 11-1 rout.
Senior Brad Meyer and Weiss each went 3-for-3 and combined to score five runs, with Weiss driving in five as well.
Ben Boser scored three times, senior Brady Dorn picked up two RBIs and senior Cody Nordmann recorded a hit and a run.
Athman earned his second win of the day on the mound, tossing three no-hit innings.
Cody Meyer wins first varsity start in Rockford split
After getting shut out on one hit in a 5-0 defeat in the opening game against visiting Rockford Area, May 9, Pierz bounced back to take the finale 4-2 as sophomore Cody Meyer won his first career start.
Meyer went the distance, limiting the Rockets to just one earned run on five hits.
Pierz tied the game in the fifth on a two-out single by Lochner, then seized the lead in the seventh on back-to-back RBI singles by Dorn and Lochner.
Junior Chris Ortman went 2-for-3 with two runs and two steals and Lochner collected two hits, two RBIs and three steals.
Milaca rallies past Pioneers with two runs in final at bat
Milaca scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning to upend host Pierz 4-3, May 10.
Noah Boser and Dorn each went 2-for-4 for the Pioneers, with Weiss adding a home run.
Holdingford splits twice
Holdingford maintained a winning Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) record with a pair of doubleheader splits.
The Huskers bounced back from a 6-4 loss to win game two 14-8 over visiting Maple Lake, May 9, then won their opener 7-0 at Eden Valley-Watkins, Monday, before falling 3-0 in the second game.