Though the weather outside was still chilly, the Mauston bats were on fire in the Golden Eagles’ season-opening win against Adams-Friendship.
Mauston (1-0) used a strong offensive showing on its way to a convincing 10-4 win over the Green Devils (1-3) in both teams’ South Central Conference opener Tuesday, April 10 at Adams-Friendship High School. It was a matchup of the two top teams in the SCC last year. Mauston finished second with a 6-4 conference record, while Adams-Friendship finished with a perfect 10-0 conference mark to win its fifth SCC title in the last six years.
Prior to Tuesday night’s win, the Golden Eagles hadn’t beaten the Green Devils in over a decade.
Junior center fielder Kiandra Spaulding led the way for Mauston by going 4 for 5, including a double, a triple, three runs and three RBIs. Spaulding also finished with five stolen bases. Sophomore Anna McClintock went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run, sophomore Anna Boppart went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI and freshman Kitera Malueg went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI.
In addition, junior Abby Panten went 1 for 2 with two walks, a double, a run and two RBIs and senior Trisha Spinelli went 0 for 2, but drew three walks and scored each time she reached base.
Senior pitcher Skyylar Brescia went all seven innings for the Golden Eagles on the mound. Brescia surrendered five hits, four walks, four runs (only two of which were earned) and struck out 12 batters. At the plate, Brescia went 0 for 2, but helped her own cause by drawing three walks and scoring three times.
As a team, Mauston finished with 12 hits, nine walks and 11 strikeouts at the plate.
Mauston will play its second game of the season on the road against rival Wautoma (3-1 overall, 0-1 South Central) Thursday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. The Hornets fell in a 14-4 loss to Wisconsin Dells in their conference opener.