Softball: Pioneers respond to tough loss with a counter punch to Kicking Mules


How do you respond to getting knocked down? You stand up and get right back in the batter’s box and take your swings again – and that’s exactly what the Pioneer softball team did on Tuesday.

The Pioneers lost in walk-off fashion in the first game to host Temperance Bedford. It was a tough way to lose, especially after the visitors scored in the top of seventh to tie the game.

But purple pride took center stage in the nightcap. The Pioneers got right back in the batter’s box and knocked out an impressive 3-1 win to split the SEC White Division series.

Pioneer scored twice in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. They added a run in the seventh inning and kept the Kicking Mules off the board for the final six inning. The Pioneers had five hits and just one error.

Freshman Ceci Maixner went seven innings in the circle, allowing just one run, one hit with nine strikeouts. Franny Schulenberg was 2-for-3 with two RBI, Ella Markley drew two walks and Maxine Mucha had a hit and a run scored. Reese Westover and Mimi Maixner each had hits.

In the 3-2 loss in the opener, Mimi Maixner took the loss. The senior went 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs with nine strikeouts.

Mucha had two hits including a double for the Pioneers. Alina Mankowski had a hit and an RBI.

The Pioneers host Chelsea at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday (May 8).

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