Pinckney Softball Splits With Grand Blanc

The Pinckney softball team picked up its first KLAA win of the season last week, splitting a doubleheader with Grand Blanc April 20.

The Pirates took the opener 11-6 and dropped the second 11-5.

Grand Blanc took a 2-0 lead after three innings but Pinckney rallied from there. The Pirates scored three in the fourth, keyed by a two run single by Kelsey Maurer.

The Bobcats tied it at 3 in the bottom of the 4th, but a Maurer walk forced in a run and then an error allowed two more to score for a 6-3 lead in the fifth. A two run single by Kennedy Kunnert and a RBI triple by Mckenna Pilley in the 6th gave the Pirates a 9-4 lead. Shawna Wallace and Ashley Wilson added RBI singles in the seventh to give the Pirates some cushion.

Wilson earned the win on the mound, striking out four and allowing eight hits.

Pilley finished with three hits and two runs scored, while Kunnert had four hits and three runs scored. Wilson finished with three hits and Britney Lapum two hits.

The Pirates started fast in the second game, scoring three runs in the first inning. Lapum keyed the inning with a two run single and Elizabeth Kramer added a RBI single.

Grand Blanc got a run in the third to make it 3-1 and then scored six in the fourth, including five runs after two were out to take a 7-3 lead. Three more runs in the fifth by the Bobcats made it 10-3, before Pilley drilled a two run single in the seventh to make the final 11-5.

Pilley finished with three hits, two RBI, and a run scored, while Lapum had a hit and two RBI. Kunnert had a double and scored two runs, while Wilson had a hit and run scored.

The Pirates struggled at the plate against a good Lakeland team in a KLAA crossover game April 18 falling 7-1.

Pinckney could muster just three hits in the contest. Lakeland exploded for six runs in the second inning to take control of the game.

Wilson, Kunnert, and Wallace each had a hit for Pinckney.

“The girls have been working hard and making great progress. They want to win,” Coach Jeremy Campbell said. “The hardest thing we are working with right now is their confidence. They need to believe that they are good enough to win. The talent is there for them to do so.”


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