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SHS softball team improves to 3-0 with 14-8 win over Northwestern

Superior High School's Ari Jago gets around the tag of Northwestern pitcher Cheyanne Johnson to score on a passed ball in the third inning of Friday's game in Brule. Superior won 14-9. (Jed Carlson/

Superior Telegram

The Spartans opened their season with a doubleheader sweep at Menomonie on Tuesday while the Tigers were seeing action for the first time.

The Tigers outhit the Spartans 13-11, but two of Superior’s hits were three-run home runs by Katie Heinen and Taylor Nelson.

Nelson also doubled; Tailor Schuster had two hits and scored twice; Ari Jago singled three times and scored three runs; and Rachel Fregin, Harmony Clark, Britta Bergstrom, Allie Thul and MacKenzie Kmecik had a single apiece.

For Northwestern, Maddie Spangenberg hit a home run, singled and scored three runs; Lexi Janigo had three hits and an RBI; Green doubled and singled; Cheyanne Johnson singled twice; Samantha Clark doubled, singled and had on RBI; Klobluchar hit a two-run double; and Laryssa Vik and Aliex Friend both singled.

Brandi Goldberg improved to 3-0 with the complete-game victory with four strikeouts and four walks.

Johnson suffered the loss, allowing nine earned runs with five strikeouts and seven walks.

Nelson’s three-run home run came in Superior’s six-run first inning. The other three runs came on a passed ball, Fregin’s sac bunt and Kmecik’s RBI single.

The Tigers got three runs back in the bottom of the first on Friend’s RBI double and Green’s two-run double.

Superior added three runs in the second and inning and another in the third before Heinen belted a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Vik hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. Then in the fifth, Green singled, Johnson doubled and Eller walked. Klobucher followed with a two-run single, moved to third on Spangenberg’s double and scored on Clark’s single. Spangenberg then scored on a single by Janigo.

The Tigers’ final run was a home run by Spangenberg in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Spartans host Esko Tuesday and Duluth East Friday. Both games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Superior Middle School.

Northwestern hosts Barron Tuesday in Brule and play at Grantsburg on Thursday. Both games are scheduled for 5 p.m.

Superior.................................. 632      030         0          —  14

Northwestern....................... 300      130         1          —  8