The Pioneer softball team got an early season look at some top-notch competition on Saturday at the seven-team Pioneer Softball Classic. The tournament, held on a perfect sunny day at Veteran’s Memorial Park, consisted of talented and competitive teams.
Despite losing all three games, the Pioneers had plenty of good moments and a positive and learning experience to take with them as they begin the 2017 season in full this week. Hopefully, a tough schedule at the start of the season pays off when it matters most at the end of the season.
“We played strong teams all three games,” said Pioneer Coach Darcy Knoll. “Clio won the tournament and we lost to them in a very close match in the first game.
“As a team, we are already showing improvement and the team is going to be competitive as we continue to minimize mistakes.”
Both teams had their chances in the opening game of the tournament, but Clio made the most of theirs to post a 6-4 win over the Pioneers. The game was tied at 4-4 with Clio batting in the bottom of the sixth when Ashtyn Kern singled off of Mimi Maixner, driving in the eventual winning run.
Pioneer lost the second game to Wyandotte Roosevelt 16-0.
“Wyandotte had a big first inning and we were not able to come back with any runs,” Knoll said.
In the final game of the day for the Pioneers, Grass Lake took an early lead and scored a 9-3 win. Pioneer outhit Grass Lake 12-11 led by Maxine Mucha (3 for 3), Ella Markley, Ava Seldin, and Lizzie Kuras who all collected multiple hits for Pioneer. Maixner took the loss for Pioneer. She went six innings, giving up nine runs, 11 hits, and striking out six.