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Goldberg Ks 15 in win over Hunters

DULUTH — Brandie Goldberg tossed a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts as the Superior High School softball team defeated the Duluth Denfeld Hunters Saturday afternoon at Wade Stadium.

Goldberg was as hot at the weather early on, striking out all three batters in the first inning. She allowed Bella Larson’s lead-off single in the second inning, but she was promptly picked off first base by Spartan catcher Lanie DeMeyer.

Goldberg retired the next seven batters before hitting Destiny Spaulding with two outs in the fourth inning. She then struck out five of the next six batters before Gina Torres hit a two-out home run in the sixth inning.

Larson also had Denfeld’s third hit, a double in the seventh inning.

Superior had 12 hits, including an RBI double and two singles by Natalie Olson, and a three-run double by Erika Olson.

The Spartans also got RBI doubles from Erin Thompson and Olivia Hunker; Hannah Thul doubled and scored four runs; Madysen Stariha, Goldberg and DeMeyer hit RBI singles; and Allie Thul and Kaileigh Miller both had base hits.

Superior jumped on Denfeld starting pitcher Catlin Schneeweis with three runs in the first inning on Thompson’s RBI double and RBI singles by Goldberg and DeMeyer.

  1. Olson and Hunker hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the third inning, and H. Thul walked and scored on a wild pitch to give Superior a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning.
  2. Olson’s bases-clearing double came in the sixth inning, and Stariha’s RBI single came with two outs in the seventh inning.

The Spartans (6-0) will play 12 games over the next 12 days, starting at Hermantown at 4:30 p.m. today.

Superior will then host Eau Claire Memorial for two games at 4:30 p.m. Friday and wrap up this week with two games at Blaine Saturday — vs. Centennial at 11:30 a.m. and Blaine at 1:45 p.m.

Next week the Spartans play Rice Lake, two games against Eau Claire North, Duluth East and three games at the Becker tournament.

SPARTAN SPIN: Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for May 16 but was moved up when the forecast called for temperatures in the 60s.

Superior...................... 302    130     1   —   10

Duluth Denfeld............. 000    001     0   —     1

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