Pierz Pioneer Invite track and field meet
The Pierz girls took first and the boys earned second out of eight teams at its home Pioneer Invite track and field meet, Friday.
The Holdingford boys took third and girls took fifth while the Royalton boys and girls each finished seventh.
Event winners in the boys competition included Pierz junior Kyle Becker in the 800 and in the 1,600 (4:45.57); Royalton junior Zach Carlson in the 3,200 (10:04.6); Pierz junior Robbie Skiba in the long jump (19-feet, 10.5-inches); Holdingford junior Grant Bullert in the triple jump (38-feet, 5-inches); Pierz sophomore Jonny Kasper in the high jump (5-feet, 10-inches); Holdingford freshman Joseph Meier in the shot put (43-feet, 3.5-inches); the Pierz 4×200 relay team (1:37.94); and the Holdingford 4×400 relay team (3:44.77).
First-place finishers in the girls competition were Pierz senior Bridget Bednar in the high jump (5-feet) and in the long jump (15-feet, 4.5-inches); Pierz junior Maggie Gruber in the 1,600 (5:56.49); Royalton junior Abby Duevel in the 200 (28.30) and in the 400 (1:05.19); Holdingford sophomore Summer Storm in the 300 hurdles (50.74); Pierz eighth-grader Beth-el Algarin in the discus (102-feet); and the Holdingford 4×400 relay team (4:20.68).
Baseball: Holdingford 13, Upsala-Swanville Area 3
Holdingford made two big innings stand up, scoring six times in the second and again in the sixth to top visiting Upsala-Swanville Area 13-3 in six innings, Friday.
Freshman Myron Ripplinger went 2-for-2 and drove in a run and sophomore Justin Cichon reached base twice and scored for the Patriots.
Softball: Upsala 10, Swanville 0 (6 inn.)
Neither team had much trouble getting runners on base.
The difference came in converting those base runners into runs, with Upsala executing superbly to churn out a 10-0 shutout in six innings over visiting Swanville, Friday.
Junior Simone Grittner went 3-for-3 for Swanville.
Junior Mariah Prokott earned the win pitching for Upsala.
Softball: Royalton 6, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 3
Senior Jacquline Nichols erased a three-run deficit with one swing of the bat as Royalton took down Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6-3 in its home and season opener, Friday.
After the Thunder pushed three runs across in the top of the first inning, Royalton evened things up on a three-run homer by Nichols in the bottom of the third.
Royalton then put up three more runs in the fifth to take the lead, utilizing singles from sophomore Nicole Popp and Nichols.
Sophomore pitcher Kayla Eli struck out eight while going the distance to pick up the win, holding the Thunder scoreless after the first inning.
Softball: St. Cloud Cathedral 5, Pierz 4
After both teams plated three runs in the first inning, a pitchers’ duel emerged between St. Cloud Cathedral and Pierz, Friday.
In the end, the visiting Crusaders snuck by with a 5-4 win, stranding Pierz’ tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With the game still tied 3-3 through four frames, Cathedral broke the deadlock in the top of the fifth to go ahead 4-3.
It appeared it would remain that way until Pierz’ final at bat, but a two-out error, wild pitch and base hit gave the Crusaders a pivotal insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to extend their edge to 5-3.
In the Pioneers’ final at bat, it capitalized on an error as well to bring in an unearned run, but couldn’t bring the equalizer across.
Senior Lea Uzalac went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored twice for Pierz, while senior Tiara Hopkins tossed a three-hitter.
Softball: Foley 5, Holdingford 4 (8 inn.)
Foley edged past visiting Holdingford 5-4 in eight innings to take Friday’s season opener.
Junior Amy Catlin had a pair of hits for the Huskers.
Boys golf: Pierz seventh at BBE
Junior Ethan Lochner tied for 20th with a round of 50 to lead Pierz in Friday’s season-opening Central Minnesota Conference meet at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE).
Seventh-grader Issac Stangl followed with a score of 62, sophomore Hunter Bednar shot a 69 and freshman Levi Taylor had a 77.
Full recaps will be available later in the week
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