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Spartan girls split home finale with Ashland

The Superior High School softball team wrapped up the home portion of its regular season with a doubleheader split with the Ashland Oredockers Tuesday evening at Liebaert Field.

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Superior High School's Alayna Moe (9) readies herself to take a hit from Grantsburg's Cody Crawford (15) as she tags her out in the third inning during Monday's game at Liebaert Field in Superior. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The Superior High School softball team wrapped up the home portion of its regular season with a doubleheader split with the Ashland Oredockers Tuesday evening at Liebaert Field.

The visiting Oredockers won the opening game 9-2, while the Spartans won the second game 10-2.

Taylor Thompson pitched two complete games for Superior, allowing 10 hits with four walks in her victory.

Superior had 13 hits in game two, including a double, three singles and three RBIs by Kari Miller and a double and two RBIs by Alayna Moe. Taylor Johnson added two hits and an RBI and Kailyn Mergen singled in a run.

"We hit the ball really well in the second game and played exceptional defense," SHS coach Amy Zembo said. "It was a great way to end the final regular season home game. We hope to stay consistent in the final two games and carry over the momentum into playoffs."

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Juliana Polson had two hits in Superior's loss and Thompson suffered the loss, allowing six hits with 12 walks and four strikeouts.

Barb Malyuk pitched both games for Ashland. In her win, she allowed six hits with six strikeouts and one walk. In the loss, she struck out thee and walked one.

Tiff Hudack and Catlyn Eryer doubled and singles for Ashland in its win.

Malyuk was 3-for-4 in Ashland's loss.

Superior wraps up its regular season with a make-up doubleheader at 4 p.m. Thursday at Eau Claire Memorial.

The Spartans begin WIAA postseason play Tuesday.

Pirates 5, Spartans 4

The Spartans lost their third one-run game in eight days with a 5-4 loss to the Grantsburg Pirates Monday evening at Liebaert Field.

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The Pirates scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning when Tiffany Meyer was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Michelle Lund.

Lund was also the winning pitcher for Grantsburg, allowing 10 hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

Taylor Thompson suffered the loss after allowing nine hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

Grantsburg, the defending Division 3 state champions, entered Monday's game ranked No. 1 in the state with an undefeated record.

"Grantsburg has a very nice team, but we stuck right with them," Zembo said. "We hit the ball well against Lund, who was a first-team all-state pitcher last season."

Grantsburg took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on Heather Davison's three-run double.

It went to 4-0 in the fourth when Gabrielle Witzany doubled and scored on Kylee Pewe's single.

Superior got within 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth. Alayna Moe triple to get things started and scored on Mergen's single. Mergen moved to second on Cassy O'Neill's walk and Miller loaded the bases with a single. Johnson's fielder's choice scored Mergen as they made the attempt on the play at home and the bases remained loaded with one out. Alyssa Schlichting then walked with the bases loaded, but the rally ended on a ground out and fly out.

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The Spartans tied it up at 4-4 in the fifth when O'Neill's two-out double scored Miller, who reached on her second single of the game.

SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV lost to Grantsburg 7-2.

Trojans 10, Spartans 0

Spartans 12, 'Toppers 8

The Spartans also split a pair of games Thursday, losing 10-0 in five innings at Duluth Central then winning 12-8 in 10 innings over Duluth Marshall at the Wade Stadium softball field.

Sarah Hendrickson struck out eight batters and limited Superior to just one hit, a single by Polson, in picking up the win for Central.

Thompson and Alison Wainionpaa pitched for the Spartans, allowing 11 hits with eight walks and three strikeouts.

Superior's JV defeated Central 12-2 in five innings. Courtney Oak was the winning pitcher.

Against Marshall, the score remained tied 8-8 until the top of 10th when the Spartans exploded for four runs.

Brogin Wines started things going with a single, moved to second on Taylor Johnson's sac bunt and scored the eventual game-winning run on Sam DeMeyer's third single of the game.

DeMeyer then moved to second on Polson's single and came in on Moe's single. O'Neill followed with a two-run single to give Superior the 12-8 lead.

Thompson walked the first Marshall batter in the bottom of the 10th inning, but shut them down with three strike outs.

Thompson finished her five-hit victory with 10 strikeouts and six walks. Mary Krenzen suffered the loss for the Hilltoppers.

Polson, Moe, Wines and DeMeyer had three hits apiece for the Spartans. One of Wines' hit was a double. Johnson also tripled and Cassie Berg, O'Neill and Mergen all singled.

The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Polson led off with a single and scored on Moe's single.

Marshall tied it up when Krenzen turned a double into a run on a relay throwing error.

In the second inning, Thompson was hit by a pitch and scored on Johnson's triple. Johnson then scored on a DeMeyer single.

Marshall got within 3-2 in the bottom of the second on a couple fielding miscues.

Thompson again got things started in the fourth, reaching on an error and scoring on Wines' double. Johnson then walked, and Wines eventually scored on a sac fly by DeMeyer. Johnson eventually came in on Polson's second single of the game for a 6-2 lead.

Marshall added unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings to get within 6-3 and Superior answered with two runs in the sixth as DeMeyer singled, stole second and scored on Berg's single. Berg then scored from second on a hit by Moe.

Marshall's bats came alive in the seventh inning scoring four runs (three earned) on four hits.

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