Pioneers’ win streak ends against No. 5 Maple Lake

By Tyler Ohmann

Sports Editor

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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.