Pioneers’ win streak ends against No. 5 Maple Lake

By Tyler Ohmann

Sports Editor


The undefeated streak to start the season ended for the Pierz baseball team after nine games.

The Pioneers dropped their first game of the year to the state-ranked Maple Lake Irish, May 4.

Maple Lake won game two of a doubleheader with Pierz, 4-3, in eight innings.

The Irish led 3-1 until the Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. However, Maple Lake scored the game-winner in the top of the eighth.

Matt Kummet went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Junior Preston Rocheleau was the starter, and went 6 1/3 allowing three runs (none earned) and struck out eight.  He also had a pair of hits.

Pierz had one win the first game of the doubleheader, 5-3 in 11 innings.

Lukas Otte had a double and three RBIs. Lane Girtz went 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI.

Kummet pitched five innings of one-hit, shutout relief.

Pierz won another close  3-2 Holdingford, May 5.

The Pioneers trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Luke Girtz tied the game with an RBI single. Lane Girtz was walked to load the bases and Matt Tautges hit the game-winning single.

Lastly, the Pioneers won 11-1 in six innings against Paynesville, Tuesday.

Offense was the strong factor for the Pioneers. Tautges went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Lane Girtz also scored three times, adding three hits. Kummet went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

The Pioneers (11-1) will host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Tuesday.

Apart from the loss to Pierz, the Huskers split a doubleheader with Eden Valley-Watkins, May 4.

Holdingford was also bested 3-0 by BBE, Monday.

Holdingford (4-10) will host Paynesville.