Spartan girls sweep Duluth EastThe Superior High School softball team improved to 8-0 with a pair of wins over Duluth East Thursday evening at the Superior Middle School. The Spartans won the opener 8-0 then rallied to win game two 6-5 in a game that was limited to six inning due to darkness.
The Superior High School softball team improved to 8-0 with a pair of wins over Duluth East Thursday evening at the Superior Middle School.
The Spartans won the opener 8-0 then rallied to win game two 6-5 in a game that was limited to six innings due to darkness.
Trailing 5-4, Jessica Lindstrom hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning and relief pitcher Alison Wainionpaa struck out all five batters she faced as the Spartans completed a nonconference sweep.
Lindstrom also scored two other runs; Emily Hansen singled twice; Gabby Gidley hit a two-run single; Tailor Schuster doubled in a run; Taylor Johnson doubled; Ari Jago had an RBI single; and Rachel Fregin singled.
Wainionpaa took over for starting pitcher Shannon Johnstad, who allowed seven hits and walked five batters in 4 1/3 innings.
Vanessa Kohl took the loss the Greyhounds, allowing nine hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
Marjaana Dailey had two hits and two RBIs, and Ellie Mostrum singled in a run for East.
Superior also scored twice in the third and fifth innings. East scored all five of its runs in the third inning.
In the opener, Lindstrom drove in two runs with a double and two singles, and Wainionpaa tossed a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and six walks.
Superior also got two hits and three RBIs from Johnson; two hits from Kaitlin Heinen; an RBI single from Ari Jago; and singles from Gidley and Harmony Clarke.
Avery Ziegler went the distance for East, allowing nine hits with six strikeouts and six walks. Becca Zwak had two hits and Beckie Toland had one for East.
Superior was scheduled to play in the Becker Tournament Saturday, but the event was rained out.
The Spartans host Cloquet at 4:30 p.m. today. They then play Duluth Marshall at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Wade No. 6 in Duluth; two games in the Hibbing Tournament at 4 p.m. Friday and two games at Ashland at 10 a.m. Saturday.