Monday night grew interesting as the innings wore on in the double-header softball game between Huron and Pioneer. The evening ended in an unexpected, lopsided split, when the River Rats took game two, 13-2, after falling to the Pioneers, 16-1, in the opener.
The Pioneers started the afternoon strong with 11 hits in the first game. Freshman shortstop Alina Mankowski led the team with four RBI, two hits and two runs scored, and Lizzie Kuras (3B) followed with three of each. Mimi Maixner’s one hit was a two-RBI double, and Ella Markley (C) and Franny Schulenberg (CF) each contributed an RBI and scored twice.
Hard-throwing freshman pitcher Sarina Zajchowski secured the win in three innings, allowing just four hits, one earned run and striking out four.
Huron plated their only run of the game on a double by centerfielder Danielle DiGiovine.
But the River Rats didn’t stay down after the mercy. They kept upbeat and started swinging – accruing 16 hits and 13 runs in game two.
First baseman Micah Higa dominated at the plate with four hits, six RBI and two runs scored. Wilderman had two hits and two RBI.
Anna Bayne (RF), Raven Bobo (SS), Lexi Specht (LF) and Karli Messer (3B) batted in a run apiece. Lead-off batter DiGiovine showed her skills once again with three hits and four runs scored.
Senior pitcher Anna Wiegel earned the win after throwing a complete game and limiting the Pioneers to five hits and one earned run.
Maixner threw for Pioneer. She struck out eight and gave up seven earned runs.
Offensively, Katie Gosbee (RF) knocked one in for the Pioneers and Zajchowski had two hits. Cody Ross (C) and Ella Roberts (2B) each had one.