Defending Division 3 state champion Riverview Gabriel Richard welcomed in Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Richard won the first game by a score of 2-0 and then took the nightcap 7-2.
In the first contest for the Pioneers (3-1, 3-1), Nico Maloney threw a complete-game shutout. He struck out seven batters and allowed only three hits and two walks.
Richard got on the board when Ivan Hernandez drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second inning and Cole Atkinson came in to score. Atkinson and Maloney both reached with a walk and Frank Klamerus singled to load the bases.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jacob Gosen doubled and then scored on a single by Daniel Reitmeyer to make it a 2-0 game.
The Fighting Irish did get a runner on in each of the next three innings, but Maloney and the Pioneers ultimately kept them off the board and came away with the shutout.
In the second contest, Klamerus started on the mound and picked up the victory. In six innings of work, he struck out seven and allowed three hits, two walks and two earned runs. Braden Bilinski threw a scoreless seventh inning for Richard and he struck out one hitter.
At the plate, Maloney was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Gosen was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases and David Zubor was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
The Pioneers went up 1-0 in the first after Atkinson singled and drove in Reitmeyer, who was hit by a pitch and also had one of his two stolen bases in the inning.
A run scored on a wild pitch in the top of the third inning allowed for AA Richard to even things up at 1-1.
In the bottom of the third, Gosen led off with a walk. He then stole second and third and scored on an error. The hosts grabbed a two-run lead in the inning when Maloney singled and knocked in Reitmeyer.
Richard struck for three runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Gosen scored on a one-out single by Maloney, Klamerus drew a bases-loaded walk that plated Reitmeyer and Hayden Flynn walked with the bases full to bring in Zubor.
To cap off the scoring for the day, Zubor doubled in the sixth and knocked in Gosen.
The Pioneers were set to play a non-league game the next day against Grosse Ile, at home, and they were scheduled for a key league doubleheader on Saturday at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.