Central Minnesota Softball: Pierz, Kimball combine for 59 runs in wind-aided slugfests

 

Pierz junior Katelyn Waytashek hit a soaring home run late in the opening game of a doubleheader against visiting Kimball Area, April 25, part of a 6-for-7 day at the plate. Greeting her as she returns to the dugout are (from left): junior Shelbie Boser (5), senior Lea Uzalac, junior Sammi Gross (21) and Waytashek.

Pierz junior Katelyn Waytashek hit a soaring home run late in the opening game of a doubleheader against visiting Kimball Area, April 25, part of a 6-for-7 day at the plate. Greeting her as she returns to the dugout are (from left): junior Shelbie Boser (5), senior Lea Uzalac, junior Sammi Gross (21) and Waytashek.

Pierz vs. Kimball Area photo gallery

The wind was blowing, and it was blowing out in a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader between Kimball Area and Pierz, April 25.

That was evidenced clearly enough by a combined 59 runs on 61 hits, including a couple that carried over the fence, with visiting Kimball proving the ultimate benefactor as it eked out a 22-16, 11-10 sweep.

The Cubs appeared to be well on their way to an easy win in the opener, building an 11-3 lead after three and a half innings, only for the Pioneers to come back and tie the score with six runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Kimball managed to break away in its final two at bats, though, plating five runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh.

Junior Shelbie Boser went 4-for-5, slugging a three-run homer and scoring three times.

Senior Lynn Funk went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and senior Tiara Hopkins went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs.

Junior Katelyn Waytashek also went deep and hit a triple in a 2-for-3 effort.

The finale played out much the same way, with Kimball seizing a quick lead only for Pierz to storm back and make things interesting.

Kimball took a 6-2 lead after four innings, but Pierz cut the gap to 6-5 with a three-run top of the fifth.

The Cubs added two runs back to their lead in the bottom of the inning, then the Pioneers took a 9-8 advantage with four runs in the top of the sixth.

Kimball regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, only for Pierz to tie the score once again in the top of the seventh, but the Cubs pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.

Waytashek posted another monster game at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored.

Boser added a double and a pair of runs.

 

HLWW sweeps Huskers

Also in Central Minnesota Conference play, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) swept host Holdingford 15-0, 14-4 in a pair of five-inning games, April 25.

Senior Kinzie Dockendorf singled and drew a walk in the opener for the Huskers.

In the second game, seniors Sam Maciej, Joelle Ertl and Sara Grebinoski all went 2-for-3.

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