Season record now 17-9
The strong South O'Brien softball team played six games last week, knocking off West Sioux, 11-5 and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, 10-0, in a pair of War Eagle Conference games on Monday and Tuesday and losing two conference games on Wednesday to the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warriors, who are rated fourth in the state in Class 3A. All four games were played in Paullina. On Thursday, the Wolverines traveled to LeMars, where they swept a conference doubleheader from Gehlen Catholic, 6-3 and 12-2.
In the West Sioux game, Ashton Lansink clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth to score what proved to be the winning run for the Wolverines. Lansink's homer was her fourth of the season, and she was 3-4 for the game with 4 RBI. Taylor Julian was also 3-4 and drove in three runs, and Miranda Kelleher, Rachel Tilley and Chelsie Rohrs all contributed two hits to the Wolverines' season-high 16 hit total. Aphton Roberts fanned a season-high 14 batters, walked two and scattered five hits, while allowing just two earned runs.
West Sioux battled back with five runs in the 5th and 6th innings to get within one run, but the wolverines strung together six consecutive hits in their half of the 6th to put the game away.
The SOS JV team also won their contest, 10-3, to boost their season mark to 8-5-1.
In the victory over MMC, Roberts pitched her sixth shutout of the season, striking out eight, walking none, and allowing just three hits. The Wolverine offense added one to their season-high hit total, clubbing 17 safeties. Lansink was 5 for 5 including two doubles and drove in four runs; Roberts' two hits also drove in four; and Christine Haden, Taylor Julian, Carrie Egdorf and Rachel Tilley all had two hits. Faith Wittrock reached base three times and scored each time.
The JV team also won again, 9-2, putting their season mark at 9-5-1.
The first game with SB-L on Wednesday was a resumption of the June 4 game in Sgt. Bluff which had been suspended due to weather conditions. When the game was suspended, the Wolverines had the bases loaded, but were only able to plate one of those when the game resumed. Though that run tied the game at 4, the Warriors came back to score five in the 4th, and South O'Brien managed only three more base runners in the remaining innings. SB-L took the game by a 9-4 score.
In the second game, SB-L scored eight runs in the second en route to a 14-7 win. SOS coach Mary Helfter said "This was an extremely uncharacteristic game defensively for both teams. Based on earned runs, the score could have been 3-2."
Coach Helfter also congratulated seniors Carrie Egdorf, Aphton Roberts and Faith Wittrock, who with their parents celebrated senior parent night.
"All three have been part of the South O'Brien softball program since T-ball," said Coach Helfter. "We appreciate their dedication."
The next evening, Roberts hiked her school-record career strikeout total to 498 as she struck out 12 in winning both ends of the twin bill against the Jays. Carrie Egdorf, Ashton Lansink, Rachel Tilley, Chelsie Rohrs and Taylor Julian all contributed to the Wolverine offensive performance.
South O'Brien is now 17 -9 for the season, including a 12-5 War Eagle Conference mark.