Area results from Monday, April 21:
Baseball: Pierz 9, BBE 1
Junior Cody Meyer threw six shutout innings and senior Mac Gruber homered as Pierz easily dispatched visiting Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) 9-1 in Monday’s season opener.
Gruber’s home run came leading off the bottom of the first and the Pioneers rolled from there, clubbing nine hits.
Sophomore Noah Boser and freshman Lane Girtz each had two of them, with sophomore Aaron Weber going 1-for-3 with two runs.
Meyer only allowed two hits over his six innings of work, striking out eight without issuing a walk.
“I was very pleased how we played our first game,” Pierz head coach Dan Saehr said. “Pitchers threw strikes and our defense made some plays.”
Baseball: Browerville 7, Upsala-Swanville Area 6 (8 inn.)
Browerville survived a double play attempt that nearly ended the game in the seventh inning, then pushed across the game-winner in the eighth to clip host Upsala-Swanville Area 7-6, Monday.
Browerville took a 2-0 lead early, then the Patriots tied it up in the fourth on a base hit by senior Dylan Zimmerman and a wild pitch.
Browerville regained a two-run edge in the top of the fifth, but the Patriots pushed four runs across in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded walk by junior Kyle Soltis, followed by a bases-clearing triple by junior Austin Johnson.
Browerville managed to tie things up in the top of the seventh, however, as a near game-ending double play was thwarted when the ball popped out of the glove at first base.
“We have a young team, and with the lack of practices outside, it has showed early in the year with all of the mental mistakes we have had,” Upsala-Swanville Area head coach Adam Gerads said.
Senior Eric Lampert started for the Patriots, allowing only one earned run over four innings, striking out five.
Lampert also reached base three times and scored twice, freshman Myron Ripplinger collected a pair of hits and junior Tyler Evans scored two runs.
Baseball: Eden Valley-Watkins 13, Royalton 5
Junior Brady Moulzolf doubled twice and freshman Nathan Psyck added two hits and two RBIs, but visiting Eden Valley-Watkins came out on top 13-5, Monday.
Senior Cade Stang added two runs and an RBI and junior Jordon Smieja also had a hit.
Softball: Royalton 14, Upsala 10
Royalton staged a dramatic 12-run rally in the top of the seventh to knock off host Upsala 14-10, Monday.
Trailing 8-2 after six innings, the Royals caught fire with nine hits to plate a dozen runs in the top of the seventh, then held Upsala to just a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the come-from-behind victory.
Royalton slugged 17 hits in the contest, led by seniors Jacquline Nichols and Katelyn Kasella and freshman Jordyn Bzdok with three apiece.
Two of Nichols’ three hits went for doubles, while she drove in three runs and scored twice herself.
Sophomores Kayla Eli and Nicole Popp each added two hits, with Eli scoring three times and Popp knocking in three runs and scoring twice.
Sophomore Shania Graczyk added a hit and two RBIs.
Softball: Isle 7, Pierz 4
Isle’s bats woke up late to edge past visiting Pierz 7-4, Monday.
Pierz led 1-0 after three innings before the Huskies picked up one run in the fourth and four in the fifth to go ahead 5-1.
Pierz pulled back within a run with a three-spot in the top of the sixth, but Isle came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory.
Junior Shelbie Boser went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead Pierz offensively.
Senior Tiara Hopkins, junior Katelyn Waytashek and sophomore Megan Kapsner all drove in a run as well.
Boys Golf: Little Falls fifth at pre-section meet
Little Falls finally got a chance to open play at Monday’s pre-section meet in Sartell, placing fifth out of 16 teams.
Junior Kyler Erdman was the top placer for the Flyers, finishing in a tie for 12th with a round of 88.
Juniors Landon Atkinson and Josh DeCann were right behind with rounds of 91 and 93, respectively, trailed by seniors Nathan Hoffman (104) and Kyle Hemple (116).
Pierz sent three individuals to the event, led by junior Josh Rocheleau with a 107 and followed by junior Ethan Lochner (109) and freshman Nathan Poster (114).
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