POSEN-The cold, wind and occasional snowflakes didn't get to Ashley Meyers on Thursday.
Neither did Au Gres.
Meyers threw a perfect game and followed it up with a no-hitter as the Posen softball team swept the Wolverines in a North Star League doubleheader at Posen High School. Meyers' perfecto came in a 14-0 win in the opener in four innings and Posen won the nightcap 15-0 in three innings.
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Posen’s Ashley Meyers throws during the first game of a doubleheader against Au Gres on Thursday at Posen High School. Meyers threw a perfect game and followed up with a no-hitter in the second game.
Meyers finished the opener with seven strikeouts and was backed up by an offense that erupted for five runs in the second inning and eight more in the fourth inning, finishing the game with 13 hits.
"We hit really good. We had good fielding too and the pitching was there, I thought I pitched pretty well. I just reared back and throw strikes when I had to," Meyers said.
In the final inning, Posen (4-1, 4-0 NSL) sent 11 batters to the plate and six came away with RBIs. Danielle Rhode gave Posen a 10-0 lead after sending a pitch over the center field fence. Later in the inning, Anna Couture drove in two runs with a double that stradded the third base line.
"Hitting is one of our strong points. We hit the ball well on Monday over in Mio, so we feel if we just keep working, we're going to keep getting better," Posen coach Glenn Budnick said.
Meyers' perfect game was not without a few semi-close calls. In the second inning, Christen Lutz drew a full count before Meyers fanned her to end the inning. In the third inning, Meyers lunged to her right to snag a liner from Gillian Forver and tossed it to Kayla Lenard at first base.
Meyers had an RBI groundout to score Couture in the first inning and give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. Posen sent 10 batters to the plate in the next inning and came way with five runs. Monica Bartz and Taylor Chojnacki had RBI singles and Amy Buczkowski had an RBI double.
Rhode, Jenna Hincka and Abbie Delekta each had two hits for Posen and Meyers had three RBIs.
Brooke Davidson took the loss for Au Gres.
Meyers struck out six in the nightcap with her only blemish being a first inning walk to Savannah Nixon. Nixon marked the only base runner the Wolverines had all day and got as far as second base, but Meyers fanned the next two batters to end the inning.
"She had great command of all her pitches, she was throwing all of them for strikes and she kept them off balance," Budnick said. "She did the job and the defense backed her up."
Posen came hot out of the gate on offense sending 15 batters to the plate, tallying 11 runs on five hits. The Vikings also took advantage of five walks and a hit batter.
Rhode went yard for the second time on the day when she slammed another pitcher to centerfield for a grand slam, which gave Posen a 5-0 lead. Later in the inning, Lenard drove in a pair of runs with a triple and Meyers and Rhode followed up with RBI singles.
Meyers drove in two more runs in the next inning as she sent a Davidson offering into center field for Posen's third home run of the day. Lenard preceded her with a two-run single.
Though Posen had just eight hits, four batters had multi-hit games. Couture had two hits; Lenard had two hits and four RBIs; Meyers had two hits and three RBIs and Rhode had two hits and five RBIs.
Posen has won its first four league games and will be looking to add a few more when it heads to the Traverse City St. Francis Tournament this weekend.
" We go to Traverse City this weekend. That's going to be a big tournament, so we're going to go in there looking for some wins and hopefully come out with a big win," Meyers said.