PETERSON - South O'Brien broke open a tie game with four runs in the 3rd and 4th innings, then added one more in both the 6th and 7th innings to beat host Sioux Central here on Saturday. Only one game was played due to the condition of the field after Friday night's rain.
Michael Callahan went the distance on the mound for South O'Brien to earn the win, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in seven strong innings. Wolverine coach Heath Reichle said that the South O'Brien pitching staff has been struggling this season with issuing bases on balls, but that Callahan only allowed two walks on Saturday "and that was huge."
Coach Reichle also said the Wolverines have been playing great defense early this season, and "when you make the other team put it in play, I like our chances that our defense is going to make a play."
For the second time this young season, South O'Brien did not commit an error, and their coach said that he looks for that to be a big part of the team's success this season.
Third baseman Andrew Weaver had a great day in the field with six assists, including some very difficult plays and very long throws from down the 3rd base line. Weaver also started a 5-4-3 double play that ended the 3rd inning.
Offensively, said Coach Reichle, "we just kept doing what we do. We put the ball in play and ran the bases aggressively. Cole Ebel continued setting the table for us, and he went 2-4 and scored two more runs. Michael Callahan added two hits and 3 RBI and Will Friedrichsen hit two deep doubles over the centerfielder's head that drove in two runs as well."