(June 9th, 2015) – PIONEER: In the second game of a doubleheader between the two teams, Pioneer was able to once again get the better of their guests from Montpelier, though it took a significantly higher amount of firepower to do so than in game one.
Pioneer took down Montpelier 9-7.
The Locomotive girls got off to a great start, scoring the first two runs of the contest in the top of the first inning. It would take until the bottom of the second for Pioneer to respond, as they put up a run to limit their deficit to a 2-1 margin. Montpelier took back that run, scoring again in the top of the third.
That’s when the offenses began to really hit their stride.
Pioneer countered with 3 runs in the bottom of the third, propelling them to a 4-3 advantage. The Lady Loco responded immediately with 3 runs of their own, giving them a 2 run lead once again. Then, the home team erupted with a 5 run display in the bottom of the fourth. While Montpelier was able to add another run to their total, they couldn’t fully recover from such an offensive burst. Pioneer held on for a 2 run victory.
Makayla Hayes had a strong evening in the batter’s box for Pioneer. The rising junior hit for a single and a double, earning an RBI. Classmate Alyssa Swank drove in a pair of runs with a 2 RBI single, while Makayla Knapp, a sophomore-to-be, hit an RBI double.
Leading the way for Montpelier at the plate was Alexis Nemire, who hit 2 singles to drive in 3 RBIs. Teammate Landri McKelvey earned a single and a double, giving her team an RBI as well.
Elser claimed the victory at the mound for Pioneer. She pitched for 2 innings, allowing 1 earned run off of 2 hits. Starting the contest for the Eagles was Swank, who lasted 3 innings. The rising junior struck out 4 Montpelier batters while giving up 3 runs in the no decision.
Nemire suffered the defeat for the Loco girls, standing at the mound for 3.1 innings. Giving up 8 earned runs, she was still able to procure 4 strikeouts in the losing effort.