POSEN- Both the Posen and Hillman softball teams had reason to be happy on Monday after each team walked away with a win in a North Star League doubleheader.
However, both teams also knew they had the ability to sweep their opponent and might have had reason to walk off the field a little disappointed too.
Hillman came up with a late run to top Posen 2-1 in the opener and the Vikings beat the Tigers 6-1 in the nightcap.
News Photo by James Andersen
Posen’s Paige Lewandowski, left slides into home plate and scores during the first game of a softball doubleheader Monday at Posen High School. Lewandowski beat a throw home to Hillman catcher Taylor Crawford to give Posen a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Posen (8-4, 5-1 NSL) made some adjustments in between games and got going early against Hillman pitcher Jensen Tchorzynski in the nightcap. The Vikings collected two runs in the first inning when Abbie Delekta singled in Ashley Meyers and then later scored after a misplay by Hillman in the outfield.
Posen added three more runs in the second inning. Anna Couture had an RBI single, Amy Buczkowski scored on an overthrow to home plate and Paige Lewandowski added an RBI groundout to score Couture and give Posen a 5-0 lead.
"We just told our girls to attack the strike zone, attack the first pitch and move up in the box to try to take away some of her pitches she likes to throw that were effective against us in the first game," Posen coach Glenn Budnick said. "Our girls got a little more disciplined and laid off some of the high pitches she was throwing."
Hillman (17-3, 11-1 NSL) managed six hits off of Meyers, but didn't score until the fifth inning when Tchorzynski brought in a run on an RBI groundout.
Any thoughts the Tigers might have had for a rally were quashed in the next half inning when Meyers smacked a solo home run to centerfield.
"I don't know how to explain that. I think we hit better in the first game than we did the second one and we just came off a win," Hillman coach Curt Tebo said. "Our offense let us down a little bit. A few starting hitting the ball pretty good, but we just couldn't get the hits (we needed)."
Meyers earned the win, finishing with five strikeouts and no walks while giving up six hits. Tchorzynski gave up five hits and one walk with one strikeout.
Meyers also led Posen at the plate with two hits, an RBI and two runs scored. Amanda Kennard, Alissa Clink and Audrey Julka each had two hits for Hillman.
Tchorzynski stifled the Vikings in the first game, allowing two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Posen took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after a sacrifice fly from Delekta scored Lewandowski.
The Tigers left runners on second and third in the third inning, but tied the game in the fourth inning. Morgan Hardies hit a sharp ball back to Meyers who wasn't able come up with the ball in time to make the play at first base. The play allowed Clink to score from third to knot the game.
Hillman took the lead for good in the sixth inning after an RBI single from Julka scored Rachel Mayes. Mayes singled to start the inning and then stole second base. After Clink moved her over to third on a bunt attempt, Mayes crossed home plate on Julka's single.
Kennard, Mayes, Clink, Julka, Arielle Barrie and Carissa Herrick each had a hit for Hillman. Lewandowski and Buczkowski had Posen's hits.
Meyers took the loss, allowing six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Budnick was pleased with the way his team adjusted in the second game, but said it would have been nice to get the sweep too, especially with the score so close in the opener.
"Our bats came alive in the second game. Jensen kept us a little bit off balance in the first game with her pitching," Budnick said. "That's a credit to her pitching; we just didn't hit the ball really hard. We're leaving here happy, but we were that close to having a sweep."