By Tyler Ohmann
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.