PAULLINA - The South O'Brien softball team was involved in a number of high-scoring contests last week, winning some games and losing some.
On Wednesday, the Wolverines beat Unity Christian, 18-7, in six innings. Though South O'Brien did not score until the 4th inning, they scored four in the 4th, five in the 5th, and eight in the 6th.
The Wolverines wound up with 13 hits as a team, with eight different girls getting at least one hit. Alyssa Bainbridge was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI for SOS; Kendra Rohlfsen was 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI; Brett Struve was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI; and Kellie Einck was 2 for 2 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Taylor Paulson threw the first five innings for SOS, giving up no earned runs on five hits and walking seven while striking out four. Emily Riedemann came on in relief, and she pitched one inning and walked one batter.
In the second game of a doubleheader, SOS got off to a slow start and were down 13-5 after five innings of play, but their bats came alive in the 6th inning, as they as scored 13 runs on seven hits - including a 2-run homer by Kendra Rohlsen, four Unity errors and six walks in that inning. Kendra Rohlfsen clubbed a two-run homer in that inning and Casie Rehder had two doubles in the inning.
Foe the game, Rehder was 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs scored, and three RBI for SOS, while Rachel Struve 3 for 5 with two RBI; and Kendra Rohlfsen had a two-run homer and three RBI. Emily RIedemann started the game and went four innings for the Wolverines , giving up nine runs (four earned) on eight hits, while walking three and striking out one, Taylor Paulsen finished the game to get the win, giving up two runs (0 earned) on two hits, and fanning two.
SOS Coach Heather Struve said it was by far the best hitting exhibition the team has displayed this season.
The next day, the Wolverines were involved in another high-scoring affair, which even went two extra innings, with SOS falling to West Sioux by the score of 18-13 in nine inings.
Struve said, "I thought we should have had this game in the bottom of the 7th. Down by one run, we had girls on 1st and 2nd with no outs, and just didn't take care of business. It was a tough loss. We committed 10 errors in the field, which led to a lot of runs for West Sioux. We need to gain some mental focus and limit the number of miscues."
At the plate for South O'Brien, Kendra Rohlfsen was 4 for 6 with four runs scored, a double and three RBI; Rachel Struve was 3 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI; Erin Brasser was 3 for 6 with 3 runs scored; Breana VanBeek was 3 for 5 with two RBI; and Casie Rehder was 2-4 with a double, two runs scored; and one RBI.
Taylor Paulsen went two innings in the pitcher's circle and gave up seven hits, 10 runs (eight earned) and walked three. Emily Riedemann came on in relief, and threw seven innings, giving up eight runs (four earned) on 12 hits, while walking four and striking out two.
On Saturday, the Wolverines hosted a tournament at Paullina, and they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first over Sioux Central and led until the 5th inning when the Rebels scored seven runs on four hits, five Wolverine errors and one walk.
"The snowball just grew bigger" in the 6th, said Coach Struve, when Sioux Central scored four more runs on two hits, two walks and an error.
"We really let this game slip away through our poor defensive effort," said the coach. " We also did not bunch up many of our own hits after the 1st inning," and as a result, the final otcome of the game was a 13-3 Sioux Central victory in six innings.
Casie Rehder was 3-3 with a double, one run scored and one RBI for the Wolverines, and Taylor Paulsen pitched the first five innings for SOS, giving up nine runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking four and striking out out three, Emily Riedemann came in for one inning and gave up four runs (one earned) on three hits, while issuing two bases on balls.
In their second game, which was stopped after five innings because of a time limit, the Wolverines fell to the Clay Cental-Everly Mavericks, 14-9. Once again, errors plagued SOS, as they committed five miscues. The Wolverines were leading, 9-3, after three innings of this game, and still held a 9-7 lead after four innings, but could not hang on for the win in the 5th. In that inning, SOS had three of its errors and the Mavericks also had four hits and two walks.
" It was a rough day," summarized Coach Struve, "losing two games that we led for most of the game. Our defense needs to pull together, and we will be fine."
Rachel Struve was 3 for 4 with a double, two runs scored, and one RBI for SOS; and Kendra Rohlfsen was 2-4 with a run scored; Paulsen threw four innings and gave up 11 runs, (10 earned) on 13 hits, while walking two. Emily Riedemann came in for one inning and she gave up three runs (0 earned) on one hit and issued two walks.