HILLMAN-The Posen softball team had little trouble winning their second Division 4 district championship in a row on Saturday.
The Vikings (24-5) won their fifth district title overall with a 25-1 three-inning mercy victory over Atlanta in the first round and a 16-3 victory over Gaylord St. Mary in the championship game.
"We just hit the ball today, from top to bottom, everybody's bats seemed to be on fire. When you back up that kind of hitting with solid defense and great pitching, you're going to win games," Posen head coach Glenn Budnick said.
The win moves the Vikings to a regional semifinal matchup on Saturday against Rogers City in Sault Ste. Marie.
Ashley Meyers pitched a solid game for the Vikings in the title game, striking out 13 and allowing one hit and one earned run.
"It's really great, I enjoy it a lot (winning districts for two years in a row). We had that doubleheader in Hillman a few weeks ago to settle the North Star championship and we've played well against big teams all season and this win just feels so sweet," Meyers said.
Posen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but St. Mary was able to answer back with a run to take narrow the lead to 3-1.
The second and third innings were key to the Posen win. Posen picked up four runs in the second inning, three of them off a Meyers home run to take the game to take a 7-1 lead. Posen picked up three more runs in the third to go up 10-1.
St. Mary was able to hold Posen scoreless until the seventh, while picking up a few runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth.
Any hope of a late inning rally was quashed in the top of the seventh as Posen added six more runs and Meyers pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to end the game.
Meyers finished with three hits for the game and Anna Couture and Abbie Delekta had two hits each.
Posen got to Atlanta quickly in the first game, picking up five runs the first inning. Couture, Meyers, Danielle Rhode, Jenna Hincka and Taylor Chojnacki all scored and picked up hits with Chojnacki getting a triple.
Chojnacki earned the win for Posen, facing 12 batters, striking out one, walking one and giving up four hits and one run.
Atlanta picked up a run in the first inning after leadoff batter Kayla Durocher singled and was driven in by Regina Bigham to cut into Posen's lead, 5-1.
Posen's bats caught fire again in the third inning however and the Vikings finished the inning with 17 hits, five walks and 20 runs, a deficit the Huskies weren't able to rally back from.
Couture picked up two singles, a walk and scored three runs. Amy Buczkowski had three singles, an RBI and scored two runs. Meyers walked twice, got a home run, two RBIs and scored three times. Rhode picked up two hits, two RBIs and scored three times. Hincka picked up two singles and scored four times. Monica Bartz had three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs. Chojnacki had four hits, two RBIs and and scored four times. Kayla Lenard had a three hits, four RBIs and one run scored while Mercedes Kowalski had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Durocher had a single and a walk while Regina Bigham had a single and an RBI. Summer Dukes and Kristin Juergens also picked up singles.
St. Mary picked up a 13-4 first round win from Johannesburg-Lewiston with Kari Borowiak pitching and leading offensively. She faced 31 batters, struck out two and gave up two earned runs.
Borowiak picked up three singles, two RBIs, stole a base and scored twice. Savannah Sullivan had a single, a double and one RBI. Gabby Schultz had a double and two RBIs. Caylee Luwnchak had two singles and an RBI. Jada Beggle had a single anda n RBI while Chrissy Smith had a triple and scored two runs.
Joburg's Abby Schlichter picked up a two-run home run in the third inning.
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