Despite seeing its eight-run lead whittled down by the end, the Pioneer softball team held off the Skyline Eagles for an 8-6 victory and a doubleheader sweep on Monday.
Pioneer earned the victory despite allowing Skyline to score six runs in the sixth inning after having an 8-0 lead. Pioneer scored four runs in the fifth inning on singles by freshmen Maxine Mucha and Ella Markley.
Mimi Maixner earned the win for Pioneer. She tossed seven innings, allowing six runs, seven hits, striking out four, and walking zero.
Pioneer had 11 hits in the game. Lizzie Kuras, Markley, and Ava Seldin each collected multiple hits. Seldin and Natalie Marr each had a triple for Pioneer and Kuras contributed a double.
Solid defense was also a key to the victory.
In the opening game, Pioneer won 10-0 after scoring five in the first inning.
Pioneer collected seven hits and Lizzie Kuras and Jane Mintz each collected multiple hits. Kuras, Mintz, and Taryn Curtis all had doubles for Pioneer and Franny Schulenberg added a triple. Mintz, Mimi Maixner, and Natalie Marr all had two RBI.
Pioneer played outstanding defense not committing a single error in the field.
Mimi Maixner earned the win for Pioneer. She tossed five innings, giving up zero runs, one hit, striking out three, and walking zero.
On Saturday, the Pioneers finished second after going 2-1 at the Traverse City West Tournament.
Pioneer grabbed an early lead on its way to a 12-4 victory over Traverse City West in the first game. Pioneer started their scoring on a double by Curtis in the first inning.
Maixner earned the win for Pioneer. She went six innings, giving up four runs, six hits, and striking out three. Olivia Gregory went 2-for-3 at the plate as she led the team with three RBI.
There other win came in a 17-7 rout of Troy. The Pioneers scored six runs in the first inning and six more in the fifth and finished the game with nine hits.
In the first, Ava Seldin tripled off of Caitlyn Moon, driving in one run; Jane Mintz singled, driving in two runs; and Natalie Marr grounded out, scoring one run.
Pioneer scored six runs again in the fifth inning starting with a walk by Gregory and then singles by Marr and Mucha. Maixner earned the win for Pioneer after going five innings, allowing seven runs, eight hits, striking out seven, and walking zero.
Kuras and Marr each collected multiple hits for Pioneer.
Pioneer is back in action on Wednesday at home against Ypsilanti.