POSEN - With a team that has equal parts youth and talent, Posen softball coach Glenn Budnick knows most of the regular season will be a learning experience for his young squad.
But that also means the Vikings figure to be more and more dangerous as the season goes along.
Posen got its first taste of game action Monday, hosting Rudyard in its season opener and was able to come away with a doubleheader sweep, 6-4 and 20-12.
News Photo by Chris Dobrowolski
Posen baserunner Paige Lewandowski looks toward home plate as she gets a lead off first base during the first game of Monday’s softball doubleheader against Rudyard at Posen High School.
In the first game the Vikings used a Paige Lewandowski two-run single to break a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning in a contest that started with a flurry of runs - seven of the 10 scored in the game came in the teams' first at bat - but turned into a pitchers' duel later.
The second game was much more explosive, with Posen batting around its lineup twice, including in an 11-run third inning. Rudyard tacked on nine runs in the fourth inning to close a 14-2 gap, but Posen responded with five more in the bottom of the fourth.
"It's nice to get the wins, but as you can see we have a lot of things to work on offensively and defensively," said Budnick. "We made a lot of mistakes. But it was great to get the wins. Now we can move forward. We're a very young, inexperienced team. It's just a matter of getting some game experience."
While Posen was able to show glimpses of potential, the Vikings also committed 10 errors in the field and had a few other baserunning miscues. Those are to be expected early on from a squad that has seven freshmen and four eighth graders among its roster. Because of that Budnick is anticipating many moments over the course of the year like those that came in Monday's opener.
"We know mistakes are going to happen," he said.
Ashley Meyers was the winning pitcher in the first game, scattering seven hits, walking three and striking out eight in six innings. Lewandowski was at the forefront of the victory, driving in the game-winning runs among her two hits and coming up with an over-the-shoulder run-saving catch in center field in the top of the fourth inning that kept the game tied at 4. Lewandowski and Danielle Rhode both had two hits to lead the way, with Emily Delekta doubling in a run and Abbie Delekta ripping an RBI single. Anna Couture, Meyers and Taylor Chojnacki had the other Posen hits.
Lewandowski got the win in the second game, allowing one hit, walking two and fanning one in three innings. Chojnacki came on in the fourth and pitched two-thirds of an inning before Meyers closed out the game and thwarted Rudyard's comeback attempt from a 12-run deficit.
Posen (2-0) had 17 hits, with Abbie Delekta collecting a double among four hits and three RBIs. Emily Delekta added two doubles and five RBIs and Monica Bartz had two hits and three RBIs. Couture, Lewandowski, Meyers and Rhode also had a pair of hits.
After making a minor adjustment early in the second game, Budnick watched his team shell Rudyard hurlers Cora VanSloten and Ashley Bonee.
"I was pleased with the way we hit the ball in the second game," Budnick said. "The ball was flying off the bats."