PAULLINA - The South O'Brien boys ran into a hot-hitting Hinton squad in baseball action here on Wednesday, and the Wolverines wound up on the losing end of a 12-7 War Eagle Conference game. The Black Hawks collected 16 hits in the contest.
South O'Brien did all right at the plate themselves, though, as the team pounded out 10 hits, including six doubles - two by shortstop Brent Puhrmann and one each by Zane Roberts, Michael Callahan, Sam Weber and Adam Paulsen.
Sam Weber took the loss on the mound, throwing four innings and giving up eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits while striking out two and walking none. Zane Roberts threw three innings, and he allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits, while walking two and striking out three.
South O'Brien coach Heath Reichle said, "It was another tough loss for us tonight. We actually played pretty good offensively, but Hinton was off the charts at the plate. We had 10 hits as a team and six doubles. But Hinton just hit the ball hard all over the field.
"This conference is so tough night-in and night- out. Right now, we are all just beating up on each other. I'm not disappointed in the way we have been playing, we are just running in to some hot teams right now. We need to do a better job of keeping other teams from big innings, because we are swinging the bats pretty well ourselves right now.
"I know our pitching and defense will be there at the end of the day, so we just have to stay the course. I'm very confident in our team, and feel that we will be peaking at the right time of year.
"I'm excited about our line-up right now. Adam Paulsen and Bret Puhrmann are really coming around and leading us offensively over the last week- and- a -half. We are so close right now, we just need one big win."
South O'Brien's record for the season now stands at 14-6.