Stariha, Spartans shut out Toppers, drop two at Chi-Hi tourney
The Superior High School softball team ran into some of its competition of the season at the Chippewa Falls Tournament on Saturday, May 11.
The field included teams that have advanced to 41 state tournaments and won six state championships.
The Spartans went 0-2 in the tournament, losing to the Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts 2-1 and the Rice Lake 4-2.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead on Kaukauna in the top of the second inning when Kayleigh Miller doubled and scored on Hailee Melgeorge's single.
Kaukauna, which has played in two state tournaments and won it all in 2017, got RBI singles by Anna Lacount and Ava VanAsten in the third and fifth innings, respectively.
Mady Stariha suffered the loss, allowing one earned run on seven hits while striking out two.
Superior outhit Kaukauna 10-7, led by Autumn Siers, 3-for-4; and Miller, 2-for-3. The Spartans also got singles hits from Stariha, McKenzie Lehto, Elise DeGraef and Madison Sislo.
Rice Lake, which has played in six state tournaments, winning it all in 2004 and 2017, scored all of its runs in the second inning off Chesie McLaughlin.
McLaughlin allowed five hits with a strikeout and walk before being replaced by Stariha with two outs in the second inning. Stariha allowed a hit and struck out three before Elise DeGraef took over and pitched the final three innings, allowing two hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Superior scored its runs in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, Miller walked and scored on Ruby Moore's ground out, while in the seventh Sidney DeMeyer hit a pinch-hit single and courtesy runner Natalee Sigfrids scored on a single by Siers.
The Spartans (17-3) play at Duluth Denfeld at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, and host Duluth East at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16.
SPARTAN SPIN: Since 1976, the host Cardinals have advanced to 12 state tournaments and won it all in 2012. Westosha Central, which has advanced to state eight times with titles in 2013 and 2015, defeated Watertown 3-1 in Saturday’s championship game. Watertown had been to state nine times. … Superior has advanced to four state tournaments (1976, 1977, 1978, 1993).
SHS 7, Marshall 0
The Spartans improved to 7-0 in the Lake Superior Conference with a 7-0 win over Duluth Marshall Thursday, May 9, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Stariha tossed her sixth shutout for the Spartans, allowing just one hit with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
She also provided all the offense Superior would need as Siers tripled with one out in the bottom of the first inning and scored on Stariha's ground out.
Moore and Sislo both had three hits for the Spartans. DeGraef and Miller added two singles each, and McLaughlin, Lehto singled once.
The Spartans added single runs over the next three innings on RBI singles by Moore and Miller and an error.
Superior put the game out of reach with a three-run sixth inning, that included singles and runs from Sislo and Moore, and DeGraef's RBI hit.
Brenna Bollins singled and walked for Marshall, 0-4 in the LSC. Greta Leitz-Najarian took the loss, allowing 13 hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Chippewa Falls Tournament
Saturday, May 11
Westosha Central 6, Chippewa Falls 5
Somerset vs. bye
Kaukauna 2, Superior 1
Watertown def. Rice Lake
Westosha Central 9, Chippewa Falls 3
Watertown def. Kaukauna
Chippewa Falls vs. Bye
Rice Lake 4, Superior 2
Westosha Central 3, Watertown 1
Somerset vs. Kaukauna
Rice Lake vs. Chippewa Falls
Seventh-place gameSuperior vs. Bye