South O’Brien girls have 3-3 week on the softball diamond
The South O’Brien softball team was never in the game against Akron-Westfield on Monday June 19th, as they lost 12-0 in three innings to a very good team. Said Wolverine coach Heather Struve after the game, “A-W is ranked #2 in Class 1A for good reason. They are a very disciplined hitting team. They can execute a variety of bunts and slaps, yet still hit for power if needed. “
Jordan Nieuwenhuis picked up the lone hit for the Wolverines. Bailey Tjossem started in the pitcher’s circle and only lasted 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs (four earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out one. Katelyn Tewes threw the last inning for SOS, and she gave up five runs (two earned) and walked three.
After facing powerhouse Akron-Westfield on Monday, things did not get much easier the next day when the Wolverines traveled to Ireton to take on West Sioux, which is the #6 team in Class 1A. Katelyn Tewes had a rough start at pitcher and only lasted 1/3 of an inning. Bailey Tjossem pitched the last 3 1/3 innings of the 4 inning game, called because of the 12 - run rule. Tewes gave up two hits, six runs (five earned), walked three and struck out one, and Tjossem allowed nine hits, nine runs (five earned), and walked two. Coach Struve said the Wolverines’ defense did not do their pitchers any favors, as they committed five errors on the night. Tewes, Jordan Nieuwenhuis, and Sydney Struve each collected a double for South O’Brien in the 15-3 loss.
Struve commented that the Wolverine bats had not been on full throttle since the first couple weeks of the year, but says they finally came to life late in the game on Wednesday June 21st at Lake Park, where South O’Brien won by a score of 8-2, though they trailed for most of the game. Neither team scored the first three innings of play. H-LP had a 2-0 lead In the top of the 5th, when the Wolverines’ Whitney Sickelka reached base on a walk and Hannah Dau was hit by the pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Jordan Nieuwenhuis then sacrifice bunted the runners to 2nd and 3rd. With one out, Sydney Struve had a double to score both runners, and later in the inning Taryn Hintz reached on an error, scoring Struve and Maycee Smith had an RBI single to score Hintz and make the score 4-2. “Those were some very timely hits!” said Coach Struve.
Neither team scored in the 6th, but in the 7th the Wolverines scored four more run, including a 2-run homerun by Hintz. Hintz led all batters with the home run, a single, a run scored, and two RBI, while. Nieuwenhuis had a pair of doubles and scored a run; Smith and Bailey Tjossem each had two singles and scored a run and Smith also had an RBI; Sydney Struve had the 2 -RBI double and scored once.
Tjossem pitched the full seven innings and got the win with a great outing, allowing two unearned on just one hit, walking no one, and striking out 12.
“Up until the 5th inning,” said Coach Struve, “ Bailey was the difference in the game for us. She kept us in it until we could get the bats going. “
On Saturday June 24th, the Wolverine girls traveled to Milford for the Okoboji Softball Tournament. In the first game of the day, SOS faced Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire. In a close battle that didn’t quite go the Wolverines’ way. GTRA struck first, scoring one run in the first inning, but SOS tied it at 1-1 in the top of the 3rd. GTRA went back on top, 2-1, in the bottom of the 3rd, then in the 4th inning the Wolverines struggled to get outs and allowed GTRA to score six times. The Wolverines committed two errors, hit a batter, walked one and gave up three hits in that inning. SOS did manage to score one run in the 5th, another in the 6th and two more in the 7th, but it was just a bit too little. Though GTRA was scoreless after the 4th, they managed an 8 –5 win over the Wolverines. “This just goes to show how one bad inning can determine a game,” said Coach Struve.
Bailey Tjossem took the loss by giving up eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits,walking three and striking out four. Katelyn Tewes came in for the last two inning, and she allowed no runs on two hits, waled one and struck out one.
At the plate for South ‘Brien, “Taryn Hintz was crushing the ball all over the place, “ said Coach Struve. Hintz had two singles, a home run, scored twice, and had two RBI. Hannah Dau and Jordan Nieuwenhuis each had doubles. Dau scored , and Nieuwenhuis had an RBI. Tewes had an RBI single and Sydney Struve also had a base hit.
In their second game of the day, South O’Brien ripped the ball all over the place, recording 13 hits in just four innings of play as they came away with a big 14-2 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. Katelyn Tewes was perfect at the plate for SOS, going 3 for 3 with a double and two singles, two RBI and two runs scored (by her courtesy,Liz Maurer). Sydney Struve hit two doubles, a single, scored three times, and had two RBI, and Taryn Hintz, Maycee Smith, Bailey Tjossem, Gabby Heeren, Skye Rehder, Anna Friedrichsen, and Hannah Dau each had singles.
Tewes pitched the full game and got the win, allowing two earned runs on three hits, walking two and The Wolverines’ third game of the day proved to be very similar to the second game, ending in three innings due to the 12-run rule, with a 13-1 South O’Brien win over Sibley-Ocheydan. The SOS girls came out with a lot of confidence hitting the ball , and they recorded 10 hits in just three innings. Sydney Struve was 2 for 2 at the dish and also got walked. She had a triple, a single, an RBI, and scored three times. Gabby Heeren was also 2 for 2 and had a walk. She hit a double, a single, had three RBI and scored twice. Taryn Hintz hit a double and a single, had three RBI and scored twice, and. Skye Rehder, Jordan Nieuwenhuis, Anna Friedrichsen and Bailey Tjossem each collected a single.
Katelyn Tewes got her second win of the day, pitching great game, giving up just one unearned run on two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Coach Struve commented, “ It was a fun day of softball! We are seeing the ball and hitting pretty well right now. Hopefully that will hold up for the rest of the season. “
South O’Brien is currently 11-11 overall and 5-4 in the War Eagle Conference.