Northwestern softball team wins playoff openerThe Tigers will now play Tuesday at Rice Lake. The Warriors advanced with a 19-0 win over Ashland.
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
BRULE — The Northwestern Tigers opened WIAA playoff action with an 18-1 win over the Webster-Siren Storm Thursday evening in Brule.
The Tigers will now play Tuesday at Rice Lake. The Warriors advanced with a 19-0 win over Ashland.
The Storm started the game off on the right foot as Christina Weis doubled and scored after an error.
After that it was all Tigers as they scored five times in the bottom of the first inning, once in the second, seven times in the third and five times in the fourth.
Northwestern banged out 17 hits. Lexi Jangio doubled twice, singled and knocked in two runs; Karaline Green added a double, two singles and three RBIs; and Aliex Friend doubled, singled twice and knocked in two runs.
The Tigers also got two hits, an RBI and eight stolen bases from Madeline Spangenberg; two hits and three RBIs from Hailey Eller; a single and two RBIs from Sami Clark; a RBI single from Tiana Arseneau; and singles from Abby Schultz and Alex Bodendorfer.
After allowing a run and two hits in the first inning, Arseneau was perfect over the next three innings. Friend took over in the fifth inning and struck out two and walked one.
Raven Emery suffered the loss for the Storm.
NHS 1, Cumberland 0
The Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a 1-0 win Tuesday at Cumberland.
After playing six scoreless innings, Green led off the top of the seventh inning with a single. Courtesy runner CJ Kahl went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error after Eller’s hit.
Arseneau picked up the complete-game victory, allowing seven hits with six strikeouts.
Spangenberg had two of Northwestern’s seven hits.
For the first time since 2007, Northwestern team has bragging rights in the Heart O’ North Conference.
The Tigers clinched the conference title Monday with a doubleheader sweep of Bloomer. The pair of victories gave the Tigers their ninth consecutive win in seven days.
“We’ve played a lot of games in a pretty short amount of time,” said Scott Janigo, head coach of the Tigers.
Northwestern split a doubleheader with Barron on May 7 and then went on to sweep doubleheaders with Chetek, Spooner, Hayward and Bloomer.
The Tigers finished the regular season 13-1 in the HON Conference and 14-2 overall. The team’s two losses both came by just one run.
One day after splitting a doubleheader with the Duluth East Greyhounds, the Tigers hosted Barron in Brule for a pair of five-inning games.
Barron took game one 6-5, but Northwestern rebounded in game two for the 6-0 shutout.
Sophomore Madeline Spangenberg went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in game one. Arseneau and Lexi Janigo added two hits apiece, and Aliex Friend and Arseneau shared pitching duties.
In game two, Arseneau was the complete game winner, giving up three hits while striking out three.
Spangenberg went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and two stolen bases, and Janigo went 3-for-3.
The Tigers continued their home stand with two games against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. Northwestern won the first game 5-4 and the second 8-3.
In game one, Arseneau led the Tigers at the plate. She hit a pair of home runs to go 2-for-2 and drive in three runs. Clark also hit well for the Tigers, going 2-for-3.
The Tigers played most of game two with a four run cushion thanks to Schultz. Her grand slam over the center field fence in the first inning gave Northwestern a lead it held for the remainder of the game.
Janigo went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Green went 2-for-3 and Spangenberg went 1-for-2 with three stolen bases.
Game one of Northwestern’s doubleheader at Spooner was scheduled for five innings, but it ended up lasting nine.
“It definitely wore the kids out,” Scott Janigo said.
The Tigers came away with the 11-8 victory in game one and won game two 4-1 in five innings.
Spangenberg continued her strong season on the basepaths with four stolen bases and three runs scored. She went 3-for-5 at the plate along with Arseneau, Eller and Friend, who scored two runs. Clark also picked up a trio of hits for the Tigers, going 3-for-4.
The Tigers had only five hits in game two, but steady pitching from Arseneau helped Northwestern to the 4-1 victory. Arseneau pitched a three-hitter and gave up one run in the complete game effort.
After the game ended, Janigo learned his senior pitcher had undergone dental surgery earlier that day. She came to play despite a mouth full of Novocain and stitches.
“I had no idea she had stitches in her mouth until after the game,” Janigo said.
On Saturday, the Tigers faced 36-degree temperatures and snow in their doubleheader at Hayward. Northwestern took the chilly weather in stride, winning game one 11-2 and game two 13-3.
Northwestern had 19 hits in the first game and 15 in the second.
Lexi Janigo led the Tigers in game with a 4-for-4 effort, including two doubles, and three runs scored. Spangenberg was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases. Collecting two hits apiece were Arseneau, Friend, Green, Schultz, Eller and Bodendorfer.
Arseneau was the winning pitcher for Northwestern, giving up four hits over five innings.
Friend claimed the pitching win in game two. She struck out eight while allowing three hits and three runs.
Spangenberg was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and picked up another five stolen bases. Arseneau, Janigo, Friend and Eller all added two hits each for the Tigers.
The Tigers’ bats were hot again for the opening game of their doubleheader in Bloomer, which Northwestern won 22-4.
Friend was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Janigo, Green, Schultz, Eller and Bodendorfer added two hits apiece.
Spangenberg had three stolen bases, stealing second, third and home.
“If she could steal first we’d do that too,” Scott Janigo said.
Arseneau earned the complete game win, allowing six hits while striking out one.
Friend and Arseneau shared pitching duties to earn a 4-3 win in game two. They combined to throw a three-hitter.
Green went 2-for-2, and Spangenberg went 2-for-3 with four stolen bases and two runs scored, including the winning run.
The score was tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when Spangenberg laid a bunt down the third-base line. She then stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Clark. Spangenberg came home on a passed ball to give Northwestern the walk-off victory.