Softball: Skyline, Pioneer battle in first game before Eagles pull off sweep


Skyline won a close game in the opener and then opened things up in the nightcap for a sweep of Pioneer on Monday in an SEC Red Division doubleheader at Pioneer.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning in the opener and made it 3-0 with two runs in the fifth inning. The Pioneers got on the board with two runs in the sixth but the Eagles answered with three in the seventh.

Skyline had 13 hits and three errors in the game. Pioneer had five hits and no errors in the field.

Four hits from Esther Cohen helped lead the Skyline offense. Cohen had singles in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh innings and finished with three RBI and two runs scored. Cohen and Nyeli Kratz drove in runs in the crucial seventh inning.

Cohen, Kratz and Jordan Hall all collected multiple hits for the Eagles. Madie Czjaka had a hit, two runs scored and an RBI.

Pioneer racked up five hits in the game. Campbell and Cece Maixner all had multiple hits for the home team. Mimi Maixner had a hit and two RBI.

Mayah Alam led the Eagles to victory in the pitcher’s circle. She surrendered two runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out 11 and walking zero.

Mimi Maixner took the loss for Pioneer. She allowed 13 hits and six runs over six innings, striking out two and walking zero.

In the second game, the Eagles put up four runs in the first inning and scored in every inning but the fifth for a 12-2 win over the Pioneers. Skyline had 15 hits and just one error; Pioneer had five hits and six errors.

In the first inning, Skyline scored on a passed ball during Czjaka’s at-bat, a single by Carson Fox and an error in the first inning. A double by Kratz in the second inning made it 5-0.

Fox led the Skyline to victory from the circle. She allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out two.

Ceci Maixner took the loss for Pioneer. She lasted seven innings, allowing 15 hits and 12 runs while striking out two.

Kratz had a huge game for the visiting Eagles. The senior was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI and two walks. Makayla Klein had a pair of doubles for the Eagles. Fox (two RBI), Czjaka and Cohen (two runs scored) each had two hits for Skyline. Hall had a hit and three RBI.

Ceci Maixner led Pioneer with two hits in three at bats.





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