Megan Boser lives for the pressure moment.
It’s why she plays shortstop and why she enjoys batting third in the Pierz Pioneers’ softball lineup.
The junior has found success both in the field and at the plate this season.
During Pierz’s Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader sweep of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa May 8, Boser went 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored in Game One. In the nightcap, she was 2-2 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBIs.
In that game, she broke Pierz’s career and single-season home run records. The season record of four was set in 1987 by Jenny Fischer. The career record was held by Liz Litke, who hit six between 1990-1993.
“I am a little surprised by how many home runs I’ve hit,” said Boser. “I was working out and I’m still training down in the Cities and that’s helped tremendously. I had four home runs last year to tie the season record. This year I was just hoping to break the records and get five. I ended up with eight so that’s pretty good.
“It’s a great feeling to hit one. You kind of get overwhelmed because it’s so exciting. It’s a goal for many girls to get one and to accomplish that goal is a good feeling.”
Boser was 2-4 with a triple, home run and four RBIs in the Pioneers’ 8-6 non-conference win over Foley May 11.
“Megan has always had a powerful swing,” said Pierz head coach Rachel Werk. “She really works on her hitting and she plays on a few teams in the Cities. Her swing has always been powerful, it was just a matter of the mental game. She is a force to be reckoned with. She is so good in the clutch. When we really need a hit she seems to always make contact and the ball goes places.”
Boser is hitting .500 with 28 hits. Seven of those hits are doubles. She has one triple and eight home runs. She has driven in 28 runs and scored 17. She’s stolen six bases. She has 13 career home runs.
She’s also broken Pierz’s single-season and career doubles records and had her batting average up near .571 before she turned an ankle, but she decided to play through the pain.
“I love hitting in the third spot,” said Boser, who also plays volleyball and basketball for Pierz. “I like that pressure. Even if there is two outs I try to get it started. I love to do that. If there are runners on then I just want to drive them in or get on base myself. It’s all about winning games and if I can get on base then that’s just one more run.”
The junior has been playing varsity since eighth grade. She plays shortstop defensively.
“She does very well defensively,” said Werk. “She’s a playmaker. When the ball goes by Megan it’s an automatic out. If the other team wanted to hit to her all day we’ll be fine with that. She’s turned a couple of double plays. She’s got a quick arm and a steady head. If there is going to be a tight squeeze I’m confident Megan is going to make the right and the good play. She knows her game.”
Other notable performances:
Golf: Emily Israelson, Staples-Motley, won the presection tournament with a 74, won the Ranger Invite with a 79, and captured the Cardinal Invite with a 75.
Softball: Lindzee Johnson, Pequot Lakes, went 2-4 with three RBIs and a double against Pillager.
Jessica Kreitz, Pequot Lakes, finished 3-4 with a double and two RBIs against Detroit Lakes.
Jamie Jenks, Little Falls, went 3-3 with two runs and an RBI against St. Cloud Cathedral.
Britian Conley, Little Falls, went 3-3 with two runs and an RBI against St. Cloud Cathedral.
Morgan Demars, Pine River-Backus, went 3-4 with five RBIs against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
Jackie Swenson, Verndale, finished with four RBIs and two runs scored against Hillcrest Lutheran.
Nicole Mast, Pillager, went 4-4 with four RBIs and four runs scored against Upsala.
Carly Bell, Pillager, finished 3-3 with four runs and two RBIs against Upsala.