Softball: Pioneer loses extra-inning game with Saline in SEC battle


In a rollercoaster opening game on Monday, Pioneer scored five runs in the fifth inning to ride back on top only to lose the lead in the sixth and then lose the game in extra innings. The Hornets scored three runs in the top of the eighth and then held off another Pioneer rally to win 10-8 in the first of two games at Pioneer.

This game was back-and-forth and featured plenty of twists, turns and high-fives. Pioneer led 2-0 after two only to have Saline tie the game in the third and then take a 3-2 lead after four.

In a wild fifth inning, Saline scored twice to push the lead to 5-2 but Pioneer answered with five in the bottom of the frame to pull ahead 7-5. The Hornets came right back with two in the sixth to tie the game.

Saline put up three runs in the eighth while Pioneer scored once in the bottom of the inning.

The Hornets had 13 hits and two errors; the Pioneers had nine hits and four errors.

Mimi Maixner worked the first five innings in the circle for the Pioneers. The senior allowed 10 hits and five runs and two walks. Ceci Maixner worked the final three innings and allowed three hits and four runs with three strikeouts.

Sarina Zajchowski (two RBI) and Mimi Maixner each had two hits. Ella Markley had a hit and two runs scored. Alina Mankowski had a double, a run scored and an RBI.

In the nightcap, Saline pounded out 14 hits and scored a 12-3 over Pioneer. The Pioneers actually led 3-0 after the first inning. Saline scored four in the second, one in the fourth and seven in the sixth.

Pioneer had nine hits led by Franny Schulenberg (3-for-3) and Rory Campbell (2-for-3). Mankowski had a double, two RBI and a run scored.

Mimi Maixner pitched all six innings for the Pioneers.
Pioneer plays at Tecumseh on Wednesday.

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