Pioneer brought the big bats with them to Huron and the talented Pioneers weren’t afraid to use them. The visitors scored a 19-7 win in the opener and then took the second game 22-1 in a sweep of their city rival in an SEC Red Division matchup on a beautiful Monday afternoon.
Despite the lopsided scores, the young River Rats played with enthusiasm and spirit and never gave up, creating plenty of highlights on the day despite the final scores.
Pioneer led 3-0 before scoring seven runs in the third inning. Much to Huron’s credit, the River Rats scored three in the bottom of the third. Pioneer scored four in the fifth and again the River Rats answered with three in the bottom of the frame. The Pioneers, who finished with 15 hits in the game, added five runs in the seventh to put the game away.
Sarina Zajchowski was dialed in at the plate in the opener for Pioneer. She had four hits with two home runs (fifth and seventh inning), a double in the first and a single in the third. She finished with six RBI and three runs scored in the game.
Alina Mankowski (three runs scored), Franny Schulenberg (three runs), Ella Markley (triple, three RBI) and Mimi Maixner (two runs, two RBI and a walk) all had two hits for Pioneer. Ceci Maixner had a hit, three runs scored and two RBI. Maxine Mucha had a hit, two runs scored and two RBI.
Mimi Maixner led the Pioneers to victory in the pitcher’s circle. She allowed eight hits and seven runs over seven innings, striking out 11.
Micah Higa hit a home run and had three RBI and two runs scored for Huron. Devyn Wilderman had three hits and Raeven Bobo had two hits for the River Rats. Karli Messer had a hit, walk and two runs scored.
In the second game, Pioneer scored 12 runs in the first inning and put up nine runs in the fourth inning. The visitors had 19 hits in the game including 11 from the top three in the lineup.
Rory Campbell was 3-for-3 with nine RBI (that is not a typo). She also had a walk and scored three runs. Mankowski was 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. Reese Westover, at the top of the Pioneer lineup, was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI and a walk. Lizzi Kuras was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Ceci Maixner went the distance to earn the win.
Higa led the Huron offense with two hits and an RBI.