The Superior High School softball team went 5-0 in recent action.
The Spartans picked up a pair of doubleheader sweeps within the span of 24 hours, then capped off the weekend with an eight-inning win over D.C. Everest.
Superior defeated Menomonie 10-0 and 12-2 on Thursday, May 2; Wausau West 10-0 and 7-4 on Friday, May 3; and D.C. Everest 2-1 in eight innings Saturday, May 4, in Schofield.
Senior pitcher Mady Stariha had quite a week for the Spartans, starting with a perfect game against Menomonie on Thursday at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. She followed up with another shutout at Wausau West, and then was perfect through six innings in the win over DCE.
In Stariha’s perfect game, the senior struck out 11 of 18 Menomonie batters, as the Spartans won the opener 10-0 in six innings.
Stariha also accounted for half of the Spartans’ runs with a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run double in the second.
Chesie McLaughlin also had a big night at the plate, belting a three-run homer in the opener, and a pair of home runs, with three RBIs, in Game 2.
Superior had 16 hits in the opener. Elise DeGraef was 3-for-4 with a home run, RBI double and single; Ruby Moore had three hits; and Autumn Siers and Kayleigh Miller had two each.
McLaughlin picked up the win in game two, allowing an earned run on six hits and two walks, while striking out five.
Siers also had three hits and two RBIs; Moore had two hits and two RBIs; Stariha had a sac fly and RBI double; Hailee Melgeorge doubled and singled; Nataliee Sigfrids had an RBI double; and Madison Sislo an RBI single.
Megan Klass tripled and singled for the Huskies.
Stariah tossed her second straight shutout in the opener at Wausau West, allowing three hits with 12 strikeouts.
McLaughlin hit another home run along with a single; Autumn Siers and Madison Sislo both had two hits and an RBI; McKenzie Lehto tripled, singled and knocked in a run; Elise DeGraef doubled and singled; Stariah doubled; and Kayleigh Miller had an RBI single.
McLaughlin was the winner in game two, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out four.
Siers led Superior on offense with a three-run double. Stariha added a hit and two RBIs; McLaughlin doubled, singled and had an RBI; and Natalee Sigfrids added an RBI single.
Near perfect again
Stariha flirted with another perfect game Saturday at DCE, retiring all 18 batters through six innings before Lauen Witucki led off the seventh inning with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game.
The Spartans’ game-winning run came in the top of the eight when Siers singled with one out, moved to second on a Stariha single and to third on an error before scoring on McKenzie Lehto's sac fly.
Stariha gave up a single to start the bottom of the eighth, but then retired the next three batters to complete the win.
Stariha finished her two-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
Superior’s first run came in the third inning when Miller led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Siers' single.
Siers finished with two of Superior's four hits. Stariha and Lehto added singles.
Superior will play six games this week. After defeating Rice Lake 4-2 Monday, May 6, the Spartans will host host Cloquet at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, and Duluth Marshall at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8; before ending the week with three games in the Chippewa Falls Tournament on Saturday, May 11.