By Tyler Ohmann
Holdingford won its third game in its last four when it handed Pierz its 12th straight loss, Tuesday, by a score of 11-3.
The Huskers took advantage of Pierz’ pitching woes to draw 12 walks and seven hits by pitch.
Add in a 2-for-4 day by Jenna Butler and a complete game for pitcher Aries Ahrens, and the Huskers earned a victory.
“We had a way too many fielding errors but in our conference a win is a win,” said Huskers head coach Dan Talberg.
Pierz was led by Shelbie Boser, who had three RBIs on a pair of hits, one of which was a two-run homer.
Ahrens pitched two other complete games recently as well, both of which also turned out to be wins.
On April 30, Ahrens tossed a complete game, scattering nine hits in an 11-4 win over Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted (HLWW).
Cassidy Kostreba led the Huskers with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Jenna Scott scored twice on a pair of hits.
Ahrens pitched two innings of relief in the second game of the day against HLWW as well, but that game was a 10-3 loss.
In that one, Amy Catlin led the offense with a three-hit game, two of which were doubles.
Ahrens’ second complete game of the week was the next day, May 1, in a 13-11 win over Foley.
She went the distance, but the offense helped her out.
The Huskers drew 13 walks and were hit by five pitches, to get plenty of baserunners. Butler was 4-for-5 from the plate, and Holdingford earned another win.
It was not so rosy for the Pioneers, who dropped three more games to go along with the loss to the Huskers.
On April 30, the Pioneers were swept by Kimball in a doubleheader.
The Cubs won easily, 16-6, in six innings in the first game.
Brianna Meyer managed a pair of hits, and Kendra Fischer and Elizabeth Carson each had RBIs in the loss.
Game two was a slug fest, as Pierz could not keep up with the Cubs in a 24-13, six-inning loss.
Boser had three hits, scored four times and drove in four runs, but it was not enough. Kaitlyn Waytashek went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the losing effort.
The Pierz pitchers walked 17 batters in the contest, which led to many runs.
Pierz dropped its 13th straight game against Eden Valley-Watkins, Tuesday.
The Pioneers had just three hits (by Alyssa Gall, Waytashek and Kelsi Stuckmayer) in the loss.
Pierz (0-13) will play in Royalton, Tuesday.
Holdingford (4-6) will play Maple Lake next, Tuesday.