Area Female Athlete: Pierz's Boser still dominating hitters

If Brittney Boser's future goes as planned, she'll graduate from nursing school and might recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge about doing no harm to her patients. That will be a stark contrast to what she's doing to opposing hitters now. The s...

Brittney Boser
Brittney Boser


If Brittney Boser's future goes as planned, she'll graduate from nursing school and might recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge about doing no harm to her patients.

That will be a stark contrast to what she's doing to opposing hitters now.

The senior pitcher for the Pierz Pioneers finished last week 5-0 with two shutouts, a no-hitter and 33 strikeouts. She allowed just four earned runs in the five victories and has pitched the Pioneers to the No. 1 seed in the East Subsection 6-2A playoffs.

Boser's dominance in the circle isn't anything new, but this year she's added a wrinkle to her repertoire and it's been successful.


"I've thrown more of my changeup than I have in a long time," Boser said. "I focused on that during the summer and really focused on that during summer ball and it's working. I think it was more of a mental thing last year when I threw it because I didn't work on it as much. This year, it's fun to throw a different pitch and see how it throws batters off."

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Brittney Boser

  • Year: Senior
  • School: Pierz
  • Sport: Softball
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Highlights: Finished the week 5-0 with two shutouts, a no-hitter and 33 strikeouts

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Matt Poepping, Pierz's head softball coach, said Boser's strikeout numbers are down from last year, but she hasn't thrown as many pitches because of the effective changeup.

"We're changing speeds and getting hits off the end of the bat or hits off the handle early in the count," Poepping said. "We do have a new catcher this year and a few position changes, but the same crew is back from last year. We've played pretty stellar defense behind her and the games we haven't, we've lost and that's how it usually is. Hopefully, we can keep doing that.

"She trusts the girls and that really helps."

Boser tossed a no-hitter leading to a 9-0 victory over Paynesville May 8 in Game Two of a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader. She struck out three and walked one during the no-hitter and also pitched Pierz to a 2-1 Game One win over the Bulldogs. She struck out five and walked two, while allowing one run on four hits.


Boser pitched two victories against Class 1A's Kimball Cubs. She combined for five strikeouts in the two victories and scored the game-winning run in the Game One win.

During Pierz's 1-0 victory over Little Falls May 11, Boser struck out two, walked one and scattered seven hits over seven innings.

"I think because of my experience the last couple of years it brings the team together," Boser said. "When I'm in the circle, I feel like they don't worry as much and they let me do the worrying for them. I'm able to keep my cool and they get the outs and get us back into the dugout.

"This year, I definitely trust my defense a lot. They make plays that I would never have imagined they could. They're diving for almost every ground ball. They're working hard behind me, which helps the pitcher and the catcher a lot. It also helps, when we make those big defensive plays when we get up to bat, it boosts our confidence, as well."

When she's not sitting hitters down, she's punishing opposing pitchers.

Last week, Boser finished 5-9 with three walks, two doubles, a two-run home run and six RBIs.

"She struggled early, but of late she's really come on," Poepping said. "She hit a two-run home run vs. Royalton. That was her first home run of the year. Hopefully, we can get her back to where she was hitting last year. We put her down in the order and she seems to be more relaxed so we might make the move today (Tuesday, May 15) to get her back into the No. 4 spot."

Boser's hot bat will be a key for the Pioneers to finally break through the section tournament. They've battled through the losers' bracket the last two seasons only to lose in the championship game.


Poepping said the key will be to stay in the winners' bracket and stay fresh for the final.

"Like coach always says, pitch-by-pitch, out-by-out and inning-by-inning," Boser said. "We just need to keep doing what we've been doing. We haven't really been thinking about it too much. We've just been playing softball."

Other notable performances

Golf: Ellie McMillan, Aitkin, was the individual medalist in a dual meet at Cuyuna Rolling Hills.

Softball: Samantha Thomas, Pillager, combined for six RBIs, three runs and a triple in two wins over Ottertail Central.

Bailey Wynn, Pine River-Backus, went 2-4 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs against Nevis.

Caitlyn Gutzman, Crosby-Ironton, finished 3-4 with five RBIs, a double and triple against Pine City.

Hailea Books, Pillager, went 4-4 with two home runs, four runs and nine RBIs against Staples-Motley.

Savannah Sprau, Pillager, went 3-5 with six RBIs in a win against Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale.

Track and Field: Kylie Monson, Crosby-Ironton, won the 100-meter dash and long and triple jump at the Ranger Invite.

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