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Goldberg, Spartans blank the Hawks

HERMANTOWN — The Superior High School softball team opened play in the Lake Superior Conference with a 4-0 victory over the Hermantown Hawks Thursday evening at Fichtner Field.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 3-1 overall and bounce back from their loss Tuesday at Grantsburg.

The loss was the first of the season for Hermantown (6-1).

Brandie Goldberg picked up the complete-game shutout, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts. Kylie Hoff suffered the loss for the Hawks, allowing 12 hits with four strikeouts. Neither pitcher walked a batter.

Goldberg retired the side in order in the first inning, and the Spartans turned an inning-ending double play in the second. The sophomore struck out all three batters in the third inning and then retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth innings before allowing a pair of hits in the seventh inning.

Jordyn Thomas doubled and Jillayne Gilbert singled to lead off the seventh inning, but Goldberg got out of the jam by retiring the next three batters.

The Spartans scored twice in the second and third innings.

Allie Thul singled and Lexi Johnson doubled with two outs in the second inning and scored when Mackenzie Kmecik hit a double over the center fielder’s head.

Gabby Gidley’s home run landed on the adjoining baseball field with one out in the third inning, and the final run came in when Erin Thompson doubled and scored on Kaitlin Heinen’s single.

Tailor Schuster, Gidley and Kmecik had two hits apiece for the Spartans and Hannah Thul, Thompson, Heinen, Erika Olson, Allie Thul and Johnson had one hit each.

“It was nice to see our bats come to life tonight,” SHS coach Amy Zembo said. “We’ve been really focusing on the mental approach and making good decisions every at bat.”

Thomas and Gilbert had two hits apiece for Hermantown.

The Spartans play again at 4:30 p.m. today at Proctor.

Superior returns home to host Duluth East on Thursday.

The game with the Greyhounds is billed as “Knock Cancer out of the Park” and the Spartans will raise awareness and money for breast cancer. The event is sponsored by Como Oil and proceeds will go to the Circle of Hope foundation that helps patients with breast cancer in Duluth and Superior pay off their bills.

There will be raffles, and pink jerseys worn during the game will be auctioned off.

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