By Tyler Ohmann
With the reigning Record Softball Player of the Year in pitcher Brittney Boser back for her junior season, the Pioneers hope to make it one step farther in 2017.
Pierz made an inspired run to the Section 6AA title game against Pequot Lakes a year ago.
The Pioneers return five other starters, including senior catcher Brianna Meyer, senior third base Claire Reardon and senior outfielder Hannah Kahl.
Sophomore first base Taylor Cummings and sophomore second base Ella Kalusche also return after starting a year ago.
“They will be counted on to bring experience and leadership to this year’s team,” said Pierz head coach Matt Poepping.
He is also optimistic about filling the other holes in the field and at the plate.
“We have a good young core coming up with big numbers in eighth to 10th grade. We will have some sophomores and freshmen that see varsity time.”
Poepping expects Kimball and Maple Lake to be at the top of the Central Minnesota Conference, and Albany and Cathedral to be tough in sub-section play.
However, that will not be the Pioneers’ focus.
“We want to focus on the things we can control this year,” Poepping said. “Last year we really focused on bringing a good attitude and great effort everyday. The wins and loses take care of themselves if the girls are able to do that everyday.”
Pierz opens its season with a home game against Foley, April 7.