PAULLINA - The Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland Lady Pirate softball team traveled to Paullina to compete in the South O'Brien softball tournament on Saturday, and came away with a split of its two games.
In the opening game, GHSC defeated a young Clay Central-Everly team by the score of 9-5. Jaime Christensen led the way on the mound for GHSC, throwing four strong innings , giving up one run on three hits, while walking one and striking out seven. Kelsey Davidson came in to get the save and pitched the final three innings, as she gave up four runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out three.
Brittany Ridder paced GHSC batters as she went 2-3 at the plate, with a double and four RBI. Heather Joslin was 2-3 with an RBI , and Brea Slaybaugh went 3-4 with one RBI and also scored two runs and stole two bases. The GHSC defense played an error-less game.
In game two, GHSC played a tough Sioux Central squad and came out on the short end, losing by the score of 5-1. Taking the loss on the mound was Jaime Christensen, who pitched seven innings , giving up nine hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out three.
Leading the way at the plate for GHSC were Heather Joslin, who went 2-3 with a double, and Brooke Wiese, who went 1-3 with an RBI.
GHSC coach Scott Phelps said that the coaches were encouraged by how hard the team played againist good competition, but also disappointed in the defense in the second game. The Lady Pirates committed five errors in that game and, said Coach Phelps, "You can't beat good competition by doing that, so it was a learning experience for everyone. "
GHSC is now 11-3 overall and plays every night this week, including hosting Lawton-Bronson tonight in Galva, playing at Aurelia Thursday, at Remsen-Union Friday, and at the Rockwell City-Lytton Tournament Saturday.