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Area Female Athlete: Pierz's Boser blanking batters

Brittney Boser has an attitude and it's a problem for opposing teams. The junior pitcher for the Pierz Pioneers softball team is demanding respect this season as she's pitched the Pierz Pioneers to a 10-6 record heading into the final week of the...

Brittney Boser
Brittney Boser

 

Brittney Boser has an attitude and it's a problem for opposing teams.

The junior pitcher for the Pierz Pioneers softball team is demanding respect this season as she's pitched the Pierz Pioneers to a 10-6 record heading into the final week of the regular season.

"If someone makes the error behind her she's going to strike the next girl out," said Pierz head coach Matt Poepping. "That's the attitude you need to have. Nothing really bothers her when she's in the circle. She doesn't seem to get rattled and that's what seems to make her so good.

"I don't know how you get that attitude? Does it come when you're playing younger? Does it come when you start playing varsity? Are you raised that way? I don't know."

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Brittney Boser

  • Year: Junior
  • School: Pierz
  • Sport: Softball
  • Position: Pitcher, first base
  • Highlights: Finished 5-0 on the mound with 52 strikeouts in 33 ⅔ innings and went 12-16 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBIs

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Boser knows.

"When I was younger I kept getting down on myself," said Boser. "Then I just started thinking about my team and how they have my back if I ever get in trouble. I just trust in my team."

In Pierz's 12-5 victory over Holdingford May 2, Boser hit a solo home run and pitched the victory. In an 11-0 shutout of Little Falls, May 3, Boser struck out nine, walked one and allowed just two hits. She finished 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and two run scored.

Boser pitched the Pioneers to a 15-5 win over Milaca May 5. She was also 2-5 with a double and two RBIs.

In a two-week span from April 25 through May 3, the three-year varsity player was 5-0 with 52 strikeouts and just four earned runs in 33 ⅔ innings pitched. At the plate, she was 12-of-16 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

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"I guess I'm pretty aggressive at the plate," said Boser. "I like to attack the first pitch a lot of the times because normally pitchers pitch perfect strikes with that first pitch to get ahead in the count. So I try and get a hit off that first pitch."

Through Pierz's first 16 games, Boser was 11-4-1. In 94 ⅔ innings she's allowed 77 hits and 22 earned runs. She has walked 25 batters, while striking out 112 for a 1.63 ERA.

Boser broke Katelyn Fuhrman's career strikeout record, which stood since 2010.

"At first I didn't even know I was close," said Boser. "A couple of my teammates were telling me I was close.

"It wasn't a goal of mine. My goals this year were to try to make the best of our last year together with the seniors. I'm really close with many of them."

Boser works in a combination of fastball and changeup, which is a step forward from last year when she lacked confidence in her changeup.

"A lot of teams think she has a riseball, but she doesn't," Poepping said. "Her fastball kind of has a natural rise on it and she gets a lot of girls to chase balls up, especially if she's getting the high strike call.

"We've been playing with other pitches, but we'll develop those over the summer."

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In 57 at bats, Boser has 25 hits, three home runs, a triple, nine doubles and 26 RBIs for a .439 batting average. She also has five stolen bases.

"She's one of our better hitters," Poepping said. "She looks to drive the ball to right center a lot. If she gets an inside pitch, she'll turn on it. If she has a good first inning in the circle she'll come up and hit a double or rip a single. If she's pitching well, then the hitting comes with it.

"She's got to be one of our girls that drives in runs. She's batting fourth in our lineup. She's been there consistently through the years and she'll be there next year, too, which is nice."

 

Other notable performances:

Golf: Alex Stone, Pequot Lakes, shot 75 for medalist honors in the Wadena-Deer Creek Invite at Whitetail Run Golf Course.

Softball: Casey Volkmann, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished 4-5 with a double and four runs against Ottertail Central.

Lindsey Tulenchik, Pine River-Backus, finished with a double, home run, two RBIs and three runs scored against Nevis.

Bailey Wynn, Pine River-Backus, finished 3-4 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs against Nevis.

Addie Sanford, Aitkin, finished 4-5 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs against Pine City.

Morgan Eckes, Pequot Lakes, struck out three to no-hit the Pine River-Backus Tigers to earn her third win of the week. She finished 4-0 last week.

Lisa Kossan, Staples-Motley, finished 4-4 with two doubles, a triple and drove in three runs against Wadena-Deer Creek.

Brianna Meyer, Pierz, finished 3-5 with a double, triple, home run, four RBIs and three runs against Milaca.

Track and field: Chelsie Kurtz, Pierz, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the high jump at the John Reimer Classic.

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