Shelbie Boser had plenty of hits Tuesday.
Seven, to be exact.
But the junior shortstop saved her biggest for when it mattered most, belting a walk-off three run homer in Pierz’ last at bat to give the Pioneers a 7-6 win and a doubleheader sweep at Holdingford.
Pierz cruised to a 16-0 five-inning rout in the opener.
Boser went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored in the opener, while freshman Brianna Meyer stepped up with four hits and three runs as well.
Senior Tiara Hopkins pitched a five-hit shutout while helping her own cause with a double and a homer at the plate.
Senior Paige Reardon and sophomore Elizabeth Carson each doubled.
Senior Cortney Kostreba went 2-for-2 for the Huskers.
The finale was much more competitive, with Holdingford building a 4-1 lead two and a half innings in before Pierz evened the game with three runs in the bottom of the third.
The game remained tied at 4-4 through the fifth until the Huskers regained the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth, only for Pierz to win it in the bottom of the frame on Boser’s blast.
“Shelbie has an easy confidence in the batter’s box and a go-get-em attitude that is always present,” Pierz head coach Rachel Werk said. “She has been a consistent and persistent hitter all season. (Her) home run was a hit waiting to happen – it is just a testament to what Shelbie is as a competitive and dedicated athlete in all the sports she plays.”
Boser finished with four more hits in the second game and Meyer added another three.
Meyer’s addition to the lineup behind the plate catching, necessitated by injury, has been a big boost for the Pioneers.
“Brianna has been a great added asset to our lineup and to our defense,” Werk said. “She has picked up on the faster varsity pitching speeds and is very comfortable in the batter’s box. Behind the plate, she has great blocking ability and a very accurate throwing arm that has been essential for some big outs for us.”
Hopkins again earned the complete-game win pitching.
Senior Joelle Ertl went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Huskers.
Meyer smacks five hits
Meyer also had a big performance the day before with five hits, but visiting Eden Valley-Watkins came away with a 14-2, 8-4 sweep against Pierz, Monday.
The first game was scoreless after three innings until the Eagles broke through for all of their runs in their final three at bats, followed up with a key five-run first inning in game two.
Meyer, Hopkins and Boser all went 2-for-3 in the opener, with Boser doubling and scoring twice.
Meyer followed by going 3-for-4 in the finale, with senior Lea Uzalac recording two hits and two runs.
HLWW sweeps Pierz
Powerful Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) swept a doubleheader at Pierz 14-2, 11-4, May 1.
Uzalac had a hit and scored in the opener, followed by another two hits and two runs in the second contest.
Kimball erases seven-run gap to capture sweep of Huskers
After taking the opener 15-5, host Kimball Area erased a 7-0 Holdingford lead to take the finale 8-7 and sweep a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader, May 1.
In the opening game, senior Sam Maciej raked three hits and Ertl hit a pair of doubles for the Huskers.
Holdingford put together seven hits in the second inning, including a three-run long ball by junior Amy Catlin, to go ahead 7-0 early in the finale, but Kimball slowly worked its way back into the game to eventually sneak out the win.
Holdingford clips Royals
Catlin and Maciej each drilled three hits as Holdingford topped visiting Royalton 7-5, Monday. Sophomore pitcher Aries Ahrens struck out seven in the win.