South O'Brien's baseball team split two formidable road games recently, defeating Sibley-Ocheyedan 4-3 in eight innings Friday, and falling 11-6 at Granville Spalding Tuesday night.
Jarod Syndergaard got the pitching win for the Wolverines over the Generals, allowing no runs on two hits and one walk, with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work. Andrew Petersen threw 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits and one walk, with two Ks.
Leading hitters for the victorious SOS team were Nic Steffens 33-5 with two RBI, Andy Puhrmann 2-3 with two runs scored, and Ryan Brasser 2-4 with a double.
Marshall Doeden took the pitching loss for S-O, allowing two runs on five hits and five walks, with one strikeout in four innings of work.
"It was nice to be able to go on the road for the first time this season and get a win," said SOS coach Justin Mohning. "It was a cold night with a strong wind and that limited the offense for both teams. Nic Steffens knocked in the winning run in the 8th inning for us."
Against Spalding, Brasser took the mound loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and no walks, with four Ks in three innings of work. Syndergaard relieved Brasser and gave up five runs on four hits and six walks and five Ks in three innings.
Puhrmann led the Wolverines at the plate with a 3-4 night and four RBI. Pete Matthews was 1-2 with two runs scored.
Shane Schmidt got the win for Spalding, giving up five runs on four hits and three walks, with two Ks in five innings of work.
"The game should have been much closer than the final score," added Mohning. "Our outfield was having trouble picking up the ball in the grey sky and that cost us some runs. Spalding is a good hitting team and they don't make mistakes in the field."
SOS, now 2-1, hosted Akron-Westfield May 30, and played in the MOC-Floyd Valley Tournament on May 31.