PAULLINA- The South O'Brien boys scored in each of the first six innings on their way to an 8-3 win over Remsen Union last Monday.
"This was a big win for us against a pretty good RU team," said Wolverine coach Heath Reichle. "We have a game every night Monday through Thursday and then two more games on Saturday, and we talked a lot about going out and setting the tone for the entire week, and I feel like they did a pretty good job of that after the 3rd inning. We had a couple of mental lapses and just came out a little flat. After the 3rd inning, we settled in and got back to playing Wolverine Baseball."
Michael Callahan hit a 2-run homer to leftfield in the bottom of the 6th to break the game wide open for the Wolverines, and Zane Roberts also had two hits.
Coach Reichle said, "Bret Puhrmann had a solid night on the mound. His command wasn't quite what it's been so far, but that's what made his outing all the more impressive. Even though he walked three and hit two batters, he still only allowed three hits and struck out five ... He wanted the ball late in the game and you could tell he was going to slam the door."
The Wolverines scored a 12-0 non-conference victory at Clay Central-Everly on Tuesday night. Tanner Matthews got the first start of his career on the mound, and he pitched a "nice game," according to his coach, Heath Reichle.
"He was around the plate, and because of that he gave our defense a chance, " continued the coach. "Our defense has been pretty solid for us all year, and if we can eliminate giving teams free bases, I like our chances of our defense making the plays."
Since Matthews pitched, freshman Gunnar Klinker got the call behind the plate Wednesday, and Reichle said "he did a great job", with a couple of nice blocks, and a great play in the first inning where he got a base runner in a rundown, chased him down in his full catcher's gear and making a diving tag, ending the inning and removing CC-E's chance to tie the game at 1. Klinker also added his first varsity hit in the 5th inning.
Cole Ebel continued to swing a hot bat for the Wolverines with two hits, three RBI and two stolen bases, Sam Weber and Kody Nelson each hit their third triple of the season, and Adam Paulsen drove in two runs.
SOS coach Reichle said, "This was a solid win for us tonight. We swung the bats well and ran the bases aggressively."
On Wednesday, playing Unity Christian at Orange City, Sam Weber picked up his second win of the season, as he allowed two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings while striking out nine in the 7-6 Wolverine victory.
Coach Reichle felt the team was "a little sloppy" defensively, making three uncharacteristic errors. The team didn't let it bother them, though, said the coach, and they stepped up and made some big defensive plays when the team needed them.
Offensively, Kody Nelson led the way for the Wolverines with a three- run home run in the 2nd inning and an RBI triple in the 6th, while Adam Paulsen and Sam Weber each added two hits. Coach Reichle said the bottom of the team's line-up is starting to gain some confidence and have become more consistent, with the bottom four hitters contributing seven of the team's 10 hits and scoring six of their seven runs in Wednesday's game.
The win was the Wolverines' eighth straight, following an opening game loss to Remsen St. Mary's.