By Tyler Ohmann
Despite taking on some stiff competition, the Pierz softball team came out with a pair of wins in four games to improve to 10-4-1 on the year.
The Pioneers began with a 9-3 loss to Class AA’s top-ranked team, Maple Lake.
The Pioneers lost the first game of a twin bill despite a 2-for-2 day by sophomore Taylor Cummings, who clubbed a solo home run.
The Pioneers dropped the second game with the Irish as well, losing 0-5.
Sophomore Jade Porter was 4-for-5 in the doubleheader sweep.
The Pioneers bounced back from the losses with a 15-5 victory in five innings against Milaca, May 5.
Brianna Meyer hit a double, triple and a home run, driving in four runs. Emily Daiker added a pair of doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Lastly, Brittney Boser allowed only one hit in five innings, and also scored twice and drove in two runs with a double.
The Pioneers followed that up with a 12-0, five-inning win over Paynesville, Tuesday.
Boser was again strong on the hill, striking out 12 and allowing just two hits. She also was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and five RBIs.
Pierz will host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE), Monday.
BBE was one of three teams that the Holdingford Huskers softball team faced in doubleheaders recently.
The Huskers began with a split with Eden Valley-Watkins, May 4.
Holdingford won 2-0 in game one, but lost 5-13 in game two.
The Huskers played their way to another split with BBE, Monday.
The Huskers won 17-7 in six innings in game one, but fell 6-10 in game two.
Lastly, the Huskers were swept by Maple Lake, No. 1 in Class AA. The Irish won 11-0 in six innings and 19-3 in five innings.
Holdingford (4-12) travels to play Paynesville, Monday.