Spartans 3rd at Becker

The Superior High School softball team finished in third place at Saturday's Becker (Minn.) Tournament with a 3-2 win over the host Becker Bulldogs. The Spartans began the day with a 10-0 five-inning win over Park Center, but then suffered their ...

Erika Olson
Superior High School third baseman Erika Olson loses her mask as she throws out a runner at second base during Thursday’s 3-2 win over Duluth East at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson /

The Superior High School softball team finished in third place at Saturday’s Becker (Minn.) Tournament with a 3-2 win over the host Becker Bulldogs.

The Spartans began the day with a 10-0 five-inning win over Park Center, but then suffered their first loss of the season 4-2 to St. Michael-Albertville.

The Spartans (15-1) have six games scheduled this week.

They host Cloquet at 4:30 p.m. today, play at Duluth Marshall Wednesday and Rice Lake Thursday, before wrapping up the week with three games at the Chippewa Falls tournament Saturday.

SPARTAN SPIN: Anoka, ranked No. 2 among Class 4A schools in Minnesota, defeated STMA 8-0 in the championship game.



SHS 10, Park Center 0

Mady Stariha picked up the five-inning complete-game shutout, allowing three hits and striking out two.

The Spartans had 10 hits, including a double and single apiece from Allie Thul, Erin Thompson and Natalie Olson.

Lanie DeMeyer, Maddy Graham and Stariha added doubles; Hannah Thul singled; and Erika Olson had two RBIs.

Hannah Rouhohen, Kristen Audette and Shianne Kennedy singled for the Pirates.




Superior................ 050       32    -     10    13    0

Park Center............. 000       00    -       0     3    4



The Spartans stranded five runners on base in the final two innings in their loss to the Knights.

STMA (10-5) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Elle Pott’s two-run double.

It went to 4-0 in the third inning when two walks and an error were followed by Allison Ross’ two run double.

The Spartans cut the lead in half with two runs in the sixth inning. Superior loaded the bases when E. Olson singled, Thompson doubled and Stariha walked.


But Superior only scored runs on Goldberg’s bases-loaded walk and N. Olson’s groundout that scored Thompson.

The Spartans then failed to score in the seventh inning despite loading the bases when Olivia Hunker hit a pinch-hit single, E. Olson reached on an error, and Stariha walked.

Superior had six hits, two singles by A. Thul; a double by Thompson; and singles by E. Olson, Graham and Hunker.

Goldberg suffered the loss, allowing four hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Riley Carlson was the winning pitcher, allowing six hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. Brooke Burditt stopped Superior’s sixth- and seventh-inning rallies to pick up the save.


Superior............ 000    002     0     -    2    6     1

STMA................ 202    000     x     -    3    4     1


SHS 3, Becker 2

Superior scored all three of its runs in the third inning on E. Olson’s two-run triple and Thompson’s RBI single.

Goldberg picked up the win, tossing a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Corrie Weise had two of the Bulldogs’ hits, solo home runs in the first and sixth innings. The third hit was an infield single by Sydney Lamott.

Brianna Corey and Wiese struck out seven and walked one for Becker.

Superior finished with seven hits, two by E. Olson and one each by A. Thul, Stariha, Goldberg and H. Thul.

Becker entered the tournament ranked No. 6 in the Minnesota 3A poll. Hermantown in No. 2, Rocori is No. 5.


Becker.................. 100.... 001    0   -    2   3     1

Superior............... 003.... 000    x   -    3   6     0


SHS 3, East 2

Superior also defeated Duluth East 3-2 Thursday at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

The back-and-forth affair started with the Greyhounds taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Amanda Christenson led off the game with a triple and scored on Sarah Peterson’s sac fly.

The Spartans took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. E. Olson walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Thompson’s single for the first run. Thompson then stole second and scored on Goldberg’s double.

East tied it at 2-2 in the fourth inning on Alli Pfingsten’s RBI single.

The Spartans answered again in the bottom of the fourth as Lanie DeMeyer led off with a walk, went to second on N. Olson’s sac bunt, moved to third on Graham’s single and scored on H. Thul’s ground out.

The Spartans finished with four hits, led by Thompson’s double and single.

East had six hits, including a double and single by Pfingsten and singles by Andrea Brown, Peterson and Grace Daniel.

Stariha pitched the first four innings for Superior. She allowed both runs on five hits while striking out six and walking one. Goldberg finished up, allowing one hit with six strikeouts and one walk.


Duluth East.......... 100.... 100    0   -    2   6     0

Superior............... 200.... 100    x   -    3   4     0


Becker Tournament


Becker 15, Duluth Denfeld 0

Anoka 16, St. Francis 0

Superior 10, Park Center 0

St. Michael-Albertville 4, Rocori 3


Anoka 9, Becker 1

STMA 4, Superior 2

Consolation semifinals

St. Francis 10, Duluth Denfeld 0

Rocori 11, Park Center 0

Championship - Anoka 8, STMA 0

Third Place - Superior 3, Becker 2

Consolation - Rocori 13, St. Francis 7

Seventh place - Park Center 14, Duluth Denfeld 11

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