MILFORD - The South O'Brien softball team rang up a 2-2 record at last week's Okoboji Tournament, winning the first two games in pool play, before dropping the next two to finish fourth in the tourney.
The Wolverines beat MOC-Floyd Valley 7-1 in their opener, and then took out Graettinger-Terrill 4-2, before losing 8-6 to North Sentral Kossuth, and 12-2 to Sheldon in the consolation final.
Aphton Roberts pitched SOS to victory against MOC-FV, allowing one unearned run on five hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Ashton Lansink led the SOS offense with a 3-3 performance and three RBI. Roberts and Taylor Julian also stroked hits and each tallied two RBI.
Lansink got the pitching win over Graettinger-Terrill, giving up one earned run on five hits and three walks, with one K. Julian led the SOS hitters with a 3-4 game, including a double, RBI, and run scored. Faith Wittrock was 2-3, and Roberts 2-4.
"Fortunately, we eventually adjusted to the slower pitching speed and how the umpire was calling the game," said SOS coach Mary Helfter. "We were definitely frustrated in the early innings. Lansink pitched a great game and we made some good plays on defense."
Roberts went the distance in the loss to North Sentral Kossuth, allowing eight runs on 15 hits and two walks, with five Ks. Juilan again swung the hot bat, finishing with a 3-4 night, while Roberts was 2-4, and Wittrock 2-3. SOS used a six-run fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead, before NSK scored two runs in each the sixth and seventh inning to eke out the win.
"NSK hit the ball hard and they hit the holes," said Helfter. "We did well to rally while they were off their game in the sixth inning."
In the loss to Sheldon, SOS saw a 2-0 lead disappear in a hurry when the Orabs tallied seven runs in the fifth inning, and five in the sixth to end it early. Lansink got the mound loss, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits and one walk, with four Ks. Lansink was victimized by six costly Wolverine errors. SOS had just four hits, with Julian hitting a double, and Lansink, Christine Haden, and Roberts rapping singles.
"This was a great game for four innings," concluded Helfter. "Sheldon hit the ball hard and that contributed to a few of our errors."
SOS is now 13-7 for the season, and 8-3 in War Eagle Conference play.