SHS softball team improves to 10-0
The Superior High School softball team went 4-0 over the weekend to improve to 10-0 on the season.
The Spartans swept a doubleheader from Eau Claire Memorial Friday at home, then won two games at the Blaine (Minn.) Tournament on Saturday.
Superior had seven games scheduled this week before Monday’s game at Rice Lake was postponed until May 11.
The Spartans host Eau Claire North for two games at 4 p.m. today and Duluth East at 4:30 p.m. Thursday before playing three games in the Becker (Minn.) Tournament Saturday.
Tuesday’s JV games with ECN have been canceled.
SHS vs. ECM
The Spartans defeated the Old Abes by scores of 10-1 and 6-2 Friday at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Brandie Goldberg was the winning pitcher in the opener, allowing four hits with 14 strikeouts and four walks.
Superior hit two home runs, including a three-run shot by Madysen Stariha in the fifth inning and a two-run homer by Erin Thompson in the sixth.
Thompson also hit two doubles; Stariha doubled; Erika Olson tripled and singled; Maddy Graham had two hits, including a suicide squeeze RBI bunt single; Natalie Olson had two hits, including a two-run single; Goldberg doubled and singled and Lanie DeMeyer singled.
Stariha was the winning pitcher in game two, allowing five hits with five strikeouts. Caitlynn Martineau pitched the final two innings to pick up the save.
Goldberg went 3-for-3 for Superior, which scored five of its runs in the first inning.
Goldberg singled, DeMeyer doubled and Olivia Hunker walked to load the bases with one out. After Graham walked with the bases loaded, two runs scored on an error, and two more runs scored on wild pitches.
The Spartans final run came on E. Olson’s RBI fielder’s choice.
Kathryn Wirtanen, who suffered the loss in both games for the Old Abes (3-7), was 3-for-3 with a home run in the second game.
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Superior opened the Blaine Invitational with a 5-0 win over the Centennial Cougars then handed the host Bengals (7-1) their first loss of the season with a 6-5 victory.
Maddy Graham doubled and singled against the Cougars; Thompson doubled and knocked in two runs; N. Olson singled and had an RBI; Stariha and Goldberg singled; E. Olson had an RBI; and Allie Thul scored twice.
The Spartans had seven hits and scored all six of their runs in the third inning against Blaine.
Graham hit a three-run double; Hannah Thul doubled and singled; A. Thul hit an RBI single; E. Olson, DeMeyer and Goldberg singled; and Thompson plated a run with a sac fly.
The Bengals clawed back and made things interesting with one run in the fourth inning and two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings.
Goldberg picked up the win in both games. She tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk against Centennial, then allowed eight hits with eight strikeouts against Blaine.
Malorie Stone and Taylor Bross had two hits each for Blaine.
SPARTAN SPIN: Blaine, which entered the event ranked No. 6 among large schools in Minnesota.
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