PAULLINA - The South O'Brien softball team played some tough competition at a two-day tournament in Sheldon on June 1st and 2nd. In their first game, they took on the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley nine, and the Wolverines' seven errors in the field contributed heavily to the game's outcome as they fell to BHRV, 14-1. South O'Brien had six hits in the game to BHRV's ten. SOS hurler Emily Riedemann gave up 14 runs (only five earned) on 10 hits, while walking four and striking out three,
At bat, Kendra Rohlfsen led the Woverines with a perfect 3-for-3 day and she drove in the lone SOS run. South O'Brien coach Heather Struve commented that her team was "not in this game from the start , mentally."
In their second game, the Wolverines pulled out a one-run decision over their hosts, the Sheldon Orabs, 11-10. Taylor Paulsen had the hot bat for the Wolverines in this one, going 3-3, scoring three runs and also driving three home. Brett Struve was 2-2 and scored one run, and Casie Rehder was 2-3 and scored three times.
Paulsen was also the victor on the mound, as she gave up 10 runs (only 2 earned) on seven hits, walked five and struck out two.
Although happy with the win, Coach Struve said, "We still gave up too many unearned runs through errors and walks, but our hitting and baserunning made the difference in the game. The entire game was played in the rain, but (Paulsen) worked through it pretty well. It was a tough day to pitch."
The Wolverines next lost a tough one to Sioux Center, 8-7. Kendra Rohlfsen was 3 for 3, including a double, and drove in two runs; Taylor Paulsen 2 for 3 with two RBI; and Erin Brasser was 2 for 4 with one RBI. Paulsen took the loss on the mound, giving up eight runs - none of them earned - on seven hits, while strking out one, walking one and hitting one batter,
Coach Struve said, "This was a tough one to lose. Taylor pitched an excellent game. We ended up with some costly errors that hurt us down the stretch. GIving up eight unearned runs is not acceptable at this level. We are a better team than what we showed in this game."
In an 11-2 loss to George-Little Rock/Central Lyon, Kendra Rohlfsen and Emily Riedemann each had an RBI single, and Riedemann also took the loss on the mound, giving up 11 runs (seven earned) on eight hits, walking 10 , striking out two, and hitting one.
Coach Struve commented, "We gave away way too many free passes. Defensively, we came together a bit more, with just three errors."
For the four- game tournament, Kendra Rohlfsen was 7-13 at the plate.
On Monday, June 4, the Wolverines hosted Remsen-Union in Paullina, and they fell to the Rockets, 9-2, in War Eagle Conference play. Coach Struve said, "The score is not indicative of how close this game was. We were in the lead ,2-1, after five innings of play, and they just had a huge 6th inning and broke it open with eight runs. I can live with this loss because they earned most of their runs. They were just hitting the gaps in the 6th , and there was nothing we could do. We only had one error for the game. We just couldn't bunch our hits up."
Brett Struve was 2 for 3 at the plate for SOS, while Erin Brasser was 2-4 and scored two runs. Taylor Paulsen threw five innings from the pitcher's circle, giving up six runs, five of them earned, while striking out two and walking five. Emily Riedemann came in in relief and gave up three earned runs on three hits in two innings of work. Riedemann had one strikeout and issued one walk.
The folowing night, the Wolverines got back on the winning track in a big way with a 14-0, five inning non-conference win at Clay Central-Everly. Coach Struve said, " We got our bats going early, scoring six runs on five hits in the 1st inning, and that set the
tone for the rest of the game. Our pitchers threw well, and we did not have an error in
the field. It was a great team effort."
Casie Rehder was 3-3 at the plate for SOS, scoring three times and driving in two and Emma Sweeney was 2-2, scored three times and had one RBI, as eight of the nine Wolverine hitters had at least one of the team's total of 13 hits. Pitchers Paulsen and Riedemann combined on a sparkling one-hit performance, with Paulsen notching the win. South O'Brien's season record is now 4-8 , and their War Eagle Conference record is 2-4.