POSEN-The Posen softball team swept Superior Central on Friday, winning 10-0 (five innings) and 5-2 in wins that bode well for today's Wozniak Invitational in Posen.
"(Superior Central was) an honorable mention in the last coach's poll, so they're a good team. We didn't know a whole lot about them going into the game, but I think we did a good job," Posen coach Glenn Budnick said. "We played excellent defense and we hit the ball well at times. So as long as we can continue that we'll be successful."
The first game started at 2 p.m., giving Posen students the chance to check out the game for a few minutes before going home.
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Posen softball player Monica Bartz (red) reaches third base safely after Superior Central third baseman Nikki Lincoln misses the ball during a doubleheader at Posen on Friday.
These students were treated to a three-run Ashley Meyers home run in the bottom of the first inning which gave Posen a 3-0 lead.
Meyers pitched a complete game for the win. She gave up one hit, three walks and struck out 10, including three straight in the second inning.
The Cougars' offense had little luck against Meyers in the first game. They picked up their only hit when Molly Swajanen singled in the first. She stole second base and advanced to third on a passed ball, but was left stranded.
Meanwhile, the Vikings (15-3) lit up Cougars pitcher Brooke Pasanen in the second inning. Posen picked up seven hits and six runs to go up 9-0.
This scoring drive started with an Amy Buczkowski double. Meyers drew a walk after which Jenna Hincka singled to drive in Buczkowski. Monica Bartz then doubled to clear the bases and give Posen a 6-0 lead.
Akari Takesato then singled to drive in Bartz. Takesato advanced to third base on a passed ball and was driven in by Hunter Kaszubowski. A Taylor Chojnacki single drove in Kaszubowski to end Posen's most successful inning.
Every hit and run by Posen came with two outs.
The Vikings scored one last time in the third inning after Buczkowski was driven in by Bartz.
Buczkowski led Posen with two doubles and a single as Posen had 17 total hits. Bartz and Takesato had a double and two singles each. Every girl in Posen's lineup had at least one hit and all but two scored.
Things started a little bit differently in the second game after Superior Central got on the board in the first inning.
It scored when Teslyn Tyner drew a walk and was eventually driven in by Swajonen on a fielder's choice throw out at first to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Posen answered back in the second inning when Buczkowski was singled in by Hincka, but further Posen scoring stalled as Cougars pitcher Vanessa Freburg kept Posen hitless.
"Their second pitcher was a little different speed than the first. We were out in front and a little bit more off balance. We have to do a better job at adjusting at who's on the mound and being aggressive at the plate," Budnick said.
The Cougars went up 2-1 after Abby Johns drew a walk and was driven to second on a Tyner bunt. Johns then stole third base and scored on a passed ball.
The Vikings' bats came alive in the third when Meyers hit a solo home run that seemed to rattle Freburg as she she gave up doubles to Hincka and Bartz, who also had an RBI.
Freburg then hit Posen hitter Marla Walters, who advanced to second base on a passed ball while Bartz advanced to third. Mercedes Kowalski drove them in on an error to give Posen a 5-2 lead.
Posen's highest scoring inning once again came as it faced two outs.
The Vikings and Meyers kept firm control of the game defensively after the third inning, with Meyers giving up only one more hit and two walks and striking out six.
Posen loaded the bases in the fifth inning after Bartz hit a double and Kowalski walked. Kaszubowski then singled to load the bases, but second baseman Brooke Krysiak caught a Chojnacki line drive for the final out of the inning.
Superior Central loaded the bases in the last inning with two walks and a single, but Chojnacki caught a dangerous deep fly ball in center field to end the game.
Posen plays the first game of the Wozniak Invitational today at 10 a.m. against Onaway.
"Tomorrow's a whole brand new day. Today we're battling weather and wind. Tomorrow, hopefully its going to be sunny and as long as we bring our best play to each game, we have the chance to win every time," Budnick said.
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