Osakis scores seven runs in first inning
The Osakis softball team jumped out to such a hot start in Minnewaska on Tuesday that even the scoreboard operator had trouble keeping track.
Once things were straightened out, the Silverstreaks had scored seven runs in the first inning, more than enough for starting pitcher Amber Giese in a 10-2 victory over the Lakers.
Although she said Minnewaska started to square up on her fastball in the late innings, Giese was able to locate her pitches well enough to get out of a few jams.
“I knew some of them caught on to some of my pitches and caught on to the fastball,” Giese said. “Otherwise I felt I kept them low and kept going strong.”
Giese pitched a complete seven-inning game, scattering nine hits for only one earned run with one strikeout.
The Silverstreaks’ hot bats kept them out front, picking up a total of 21 hits in the game. Katie Anderson led the team by going 5-for-5, which tied a school record. Anderson doubled and drove in an RBI. Alecia Kaelke hit her first career home run in the second inning as well, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Jenna Fearing was 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI. A total of five players finished with two hits, including Krista Fearing, Morgan Silbernick, Mackenzie Staloch, Brooke Waldorf and Jordyn Rajdl.
“We swung the bat,” head coach John Stigman said. “Everything we had we knocked in.”
The clutch hitting early in the game was a welcome sight for the Silverstreaks. In their first two games this season they needed late rallies to come within striking distance of Parkers Prairie and to pull ahead of West Central Area.
“Today we kind of came through and got the runs in,” Stigman said. “In the first game we kind of got down and had to fight back a little bit. Today was our first game where we really jumped out and held it.”
A learning curve is to be expected with a team that only has three seniors on the roster. Stigman said their main goal is to show steady improvement throughout the season.
“We’re inexperienced, so we are a work in progress,” he said.
The players feel they are starting to come together after losing the first game of the season to a hot-hitting Parkers Prairie lineup.
The Silverstreaks used a late seventh-inning rally to defeat West Central Area 9-3 last Friday, and Tuesday they defeated a Minnewaska team that came into the game with a 5-1 record.
“Now we’re starting to show who we are becoming as a team,” Giese said.
The win helped Osakis improve to 2-1 this season. The next game on the schedule is Monday at home against Sauk Centre.
OSAKIS – 720 000 1 10 21 3
MINNEWASKA – 000 100 1 2 9 1
PITCHING – Amber Giese – 7IP, 9H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
HITTING – Katie Anderson – 5-5, 2B, RBI; Alecia Kaelke – 2-4, HR, 3RBIs; Jenna Fearing – 3-4, RBI