Posen softball wins Wozniak Invite

POSEN-The Posen softball team is becoming pretty tough to beat on its home field.

The Vikings picked up two big wins to take its third Wozniak Invitational title in a row, beating Onaway 9-2 in the first round and Mio 5-2 in the championship game.

The annual tournament at Posen High School featured four teams that all have all been ranked in the top 10 in Class D this season.

“It was tough going up against teams like Onaway and Mio, but this is a good starting point and a good test for us for the rest of the season and to see where we’re at come Thursday when (Mio) comes to town,” Posen coach Glenn Budnick said.

The championship game against Mio (11-4) was defined by a single pitch: Jalen DeFlorio’s first pitch to Posen pitcher Ashley Meyers with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning.

DeFlorio had given up only two hits to Posen in the first two innings: a single to Jenna Hincka and a double to Monica Bartz.

The Vikings got to DeFlorio in the third inning as Taylor Chojnacki and Amy Buczkowski singled while Kayla Lenard loaded the bases with a bunt before Meyers stepped up to bat.

DeFlorio threw a fast ball to Meyers, who locked in and sent it out of the park, driving in four runs and giving Posen a 4-0 lead.

“It feels really good (to win the Wozniak Invite). I love being able to help my team out and help them get wins and doing the best for them on the mound and at the plate while hitting,” Meyers said.

Posen (17-3) had seven hits in the third inning, but got only two more hits and one more run in the fourth, when Sam Lenard walked and was driven in by Meyers to give Posen a 5-0 lead.

“We played a solid game all around, offensively and defensively. That was just one pitch, and while it was a grand slam, there were other hits leading up to that, so that was just the end all of what happened that inning,” Mio coach Sean DeFlorio said.

Jalen pitched the complete game for the loss. She gave up 11 hits, two walks and struck out six. Meyers pitched a complete game for the win. She gave up three hits, walked one and struck out 10.

Mio managed just one hit through five innings and missed a few early scoring chances. The Thunderbolts got on the board in the top of the seventh inning after Logan Butler singled in Brooke Ellis and Jalen singled in Katy Leftler.

Mio’s first game was a 14-4 victory against Superior Central. Jalen pitched the complete game for the win, giving up three hits and striking out six.

DeFlorio had two home runs and five RBIs. Cassidy DeFlorio went 3-for-3 with a double and a triple. Blamer was 2-for-2 with an RBI while Whitney Kahn went 2-for-2.

Posen’s opening game against Onaway (2-10) was closer than the score indicated.

The Vikings got on the board in the first inning when Buczkowski doubled and was driven in by a Kayla Lenard to take a 1-0 lead.

They scored two more in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead before Onaway answered back with an RBI single from Lexi Szymoniak.

The middle innings saw a pitchers dual between Meyers and Onaway’s Skyler Butler. Butler pitched a complete game, giving up 13 hits, walking three and striking out seven. Meyers also pitched a complete game, giving up six hits, walking two and striking out 13.

Onaway closed the gap to 3-2 in the seventh inning when Butler drove in Olivia McDonald, but Posen ran away with the game in the bottom of the inning after scoring six runs.

Meyers had one RBI during the outburst while Akari Takesato and Chojnacki each had two.

The Cardinals came back in the consolation game to take third place, beating Superior Central 10-7. Homers from Erika Price and McDonald helped seal the deal for the Cardinals and gave them a much-needed win.

“That’s the kind of game and the kind of hits that define Onaway softball and its great to see that we’re getting back to that level again,” Onaway coach Jodi Brewbaker said.

Jade Galer picked up two doubles and two runs while Szymoniak had a single, a walk and a run. Price homered, drew a walk and scored twice. McDonald singled, doubled, hit a home run and scored twice. Lindsey LaLonde had a double and a run. Taylor Ehrke had a single and a run.

Butler pitched a full game for the win. She gave up 10 hits, six walks and struck out six.

Eric Benac can be reached via email at ebenac@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5690. Follow Eric on Twitter @EricBenac.