Princeton fastpitch softball opened the season with an April 10 evening game against Duluth Denfeld, and the Hunters struck the ball well in an 11-4 win over their Section 7AAA partners.
The Hunters got in a game at Irondale earlier that afternoon, and they were warmed up by the time they got to Princeton. Denfeld struck for a run in the top of the first, then they strung together three hits for four more runs in the second to lead 5-0. The Tigers broke through for single runs in the fifth and sixth off Hunter hurler Ashley Taipale, then tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Erica Schramel and Mel Hensley both had two hits for Princeton. Schramel marked the lone RBI, with the other runs scoring on passed balls and a Denfeld boot. Casey Haverinen was very disciplined at the plate and walked all four at-bats. Hensley threw 5.6 innings, striking out four and walking three. Kendra Mueller cleaned up the last 1.3 innings, getting two Ks.
“Mel pitched really well. We had a lot of positives for our first game. We had some simple things to work on, but overall I thought we did well,” said Tiger Coach Mandee Allen.