The Superior High School softball team picked up a pair of 4-1 road wins in less than 24 hours over the weekend.
The Spartans won Friday, April 26, at Hudson, and Saturday, April 27, at Esko to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Against Hudson, the Spartans scored single runs in the third and fifth innings, then added two insurance runs in the seventh.
Superior took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Autumn Siers singled and eventually scored when Elise DeGraef’s bases-loaded walk.
It went to 2-0 in the fifth when Mady Stariha walked and scored on McKenzie Lehto's sac fly.
Chesie McLaughlin singled with two outs in the seventh and scored on a single by Lehto, who then scored on an error off the bat of Kaliegh Miller.
Stariha, the winning pitcher, was in control through the first six innings, retiring the side in order four times and facing just four batters in the other two.
Things got a big interesting in the seventh when Paige Meyer led off with a home run and Hannah Stitch singled. But Stariha settled down and got a ground out, and after an error, struck out the final two batters to end the game.
Stariha finished her three-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Stariha also had two of Superior's eight hits. Ruby Moore, Natalee Sigfrids and Hailee Melgeorge had a hit apiece.
Grace O'Brien and Sydney Gabriel pitched for Hudson (5-2) striking out two and walking four.
O’Brien, a shortstop who will play for the Wisconsin Badgers next season, had Hudson’s remaining hit.
Stariha was also the winning pitcher at Esko, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Spartans had nine hits, including a fifth-inning home run by McLaughlin; two doubles by Stariha and two singles by Lehto.
Moore, Siers, Miller and Sislo also singled for the Spartans.
Naomi Johnson took the loss for Esko, which got a home run from Jayden Karppinen and two hits each from Dea Deleon and Jenna Zdebski.
Superior hosts Eau Claire North for a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.
The Spartans split a doubleheader at Chippewa Falls, winning 7-4 and losing 4-3.
Superior scored five runs in the first two innings and held on for the victory in the opener.
Joey Barker pitched 4.2 innings in relief to get the win. He allowed two hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Barker also helped his own cause with a double and RBI. Riley Rehnstrand also tripled, singled and knocked in two runs, and Gunnar Hansen doubled.
Dan Weiland had two hits and Logan Erickson was the losing pitcher for the Cardinals.
In game two, Superior led 3-0 after four innings, but Chippewa Falls tied it up in the bottom of the fifth.
After a scoreless sixth and seventh innings, the Cardinals picked up a walk-off win on an RBI double that scored a runner from first base with two outs.
Conner Fonger suffered the loss for the Spartans. On offense, Barker was 3-for-4, Mason Stenberg had an RBI single and Blake Arnovich knocked in a run.
Matt Pamielto and Riley Freid both had two hits for Chippewa Falls (10-3).
The Spartans (6-1), who also defeated Duluth Denfeld 9-1 Monday, April 29, play at Duluth Marshall at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2.
SPARTAN SPIN: The Spartan JV defeated Chippewa Falls 22-14 in nine innings in game one of a doubleheader on Friday. Chippewa Falls was ahead 6-3 after three innings when game two was called due to darkness. Austin LeJeune started game one, going 2 2/3 innings allowing two runs on one hit and six walks while striking out three. Ross Rivord, Jonny Rhodes and Robert Olson pitched in relief. Olson was credited with the win after pitching three scoreless innings to finish the game. The Spartans had 19 hits. Kaden Kimmes had three hits, while Olson, Ethan Raye, LeJeune, Jake Edwards and Max Reed had two apiece. Tristan Brennen, Kell Piggot, Jake Kidd, Rivord, Rhodes and Jason Samarziya had one hit apiece. Edwards and Piggot pitched in game two. Getting hits were Reed, Piggot, Raye, Kidd and Carter Kalin.
The Spartans finished in fifth place at the Grand Slam Invitational, which started
Friday, April 26, at Pokegama Golf Course and concluded Saturday, April 27, at Eagle Ridge.
Superior’s Taylor Burger finished in ninth place with a pair of 79s for a 158.
Grand Slam Invitational
At Eagle Ridge Golf Course
1. Moorhead, 315-319-634; 2. Chisago Lakes, 332-306-638; 3. Detroit Lakes, 325-317-642; 4. Cloquet-Esko, 327-322-649; 5. Superior, 324-329-653; 6. Duluth East, 327-331-658; 7. Albany, 335-328-663; 8. Duluth Denfeld, 334-331-665; 9. Bemidji, 343-325-668; 10. Bloomington Jefferson, 340-341-681; 11. Virginia, 340-345-685; 12. International Falls, 362-327-689; 13. Hermantown, 346-346-692; 14. Eveleth-Gilbert, 349-349-698; 15. Duluth Marshall, 353-350-703; 16. Grand Rapids, 355-367-722; 17. Mesabi East, 402-354-756; 18. Hibbing, 416-424-840.
Top 10 Individuals
1. Ian Simonich, Moorhead, 72-77-149; 2. Gordon Skaar, GNK, 78-72-150; 3. Keegan Poppenberg, Cloquet, 77-75-152; 4. Cody Stanicich, EG, 76-77-153; 5. Cyrus Behinia, DD, 79-75-154; 7. Cameron Lemke, Albany, 80-74-154; 8. Ben Forsberg, CL, 84-72-156; 9. Taylor Berger, SHS, 79-79-158; 10. Maccoy Gregoire, M, 79-80-159.