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Softball: Osakis defeats Lakers in seventh inning

The Osakis softball team is inching toward a .500 record after adding two more wins to the season early this week.

The Silverstreaks started with a five-run lead in Minnewaska on Tuesday night but fell behind 7-5 after five innings. Osakis tied up the game with two runs in the top of the sixth inning and had a big six-run seventh inning for a 13-7 win.

“This was a big win for us, a much-needed win,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said. “Given the circumstances we have had to deal with and the struggles we have had, this win was a much-needed boost of confidence for us.”

Freshman Tia Dykema pitched all seven innings against the Lakers. She allowed 12 hits, seven runs, five earned runs with zero walks and seven strikeouts.

“Tia threw a good game,” Stigman said. “She did give up some hits and we did have one bad inning that allowed them to get the lead, but she rebounded with two very strong innings and had a season high strikeouts.”

Minnewaska senior pitcher Rachel Erickson allowed 13 hits, 13 runs, four earned runs and one walk. She had five strikeouts after pitching all seven innings.

Senior Skyler Schmidt was 2-for-3 against Minnewaska with three RBIs. Freshman Grace Oeltjen was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Junior Jaden Klimek was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Freshman Laynee Hartshorn was 1-for-4 with an RBI, while senior Kali Giesler and junior Shea Olson were both 2-for-4 with one RBI each.

Senior Jessica Lanoue went 1-for-4 for the Lakers with two RBIs. Senior Megahan Cerney was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and fellow senior Kaitlyn Lange was 4-for-4 at the plate with one run.

The Silverstreaks defeated Staples-Motley on Monday night, 23-9. The Cardinals have yet to win a game after 14 straight losses this season.

“Playing slopping games like this, it is hard not to get sucked into poor play but defensively we did not,” Stigman said. “We were loud and we were engaged. We will take the win, regardless of the circumstances. We are just happy that our team is starting to play a much better level of softball.”

The Silverstreaks outhit the Cardinals, 13-9.

Osakis hosts Foley on Thursday night for a 4:30 p.m. Section 6, Class AA game.

OSAKIS -            5 0 0 0 0 2 6 - 13  16 3

MINNEWASKA - 0 0 1  0 6 0 0 - 7 12  3

PITCHING - Osakis - Tia Dykema - 7IP, 12H. 7R. 5ER. 0BB. 7K; Minnewaska - Rachel Erickson - 7IP, 13H, 13R, 4Er, 1BB, 5SO

OFFENSE - Osakis - Jaden Klimek - 3-5, 2B, RBI; Skyler Schmidt - 2-3, 3RBIs; Kali Giesler - 2-4, RBI; Shea Olson - 2-4, RBI; Grace Oeltjen - 2-4, 2 RBIs; Tia Dykema - 2-4; Lexi Klimek - 3B; Laynee Hartshorn - 1-4, 2B, RBI; Minnewaska - Adriana Vigil - 1-3, 2R; Bailey Stewart - 0-4, 1R; Jessica Lanoue - 1-4, 2 RBIs; Michele Stai - 2-4, 1R, 1 RBI; Rachel Erickson - 1-4; Kaitlyn Lange - 4-4, 1R; Meghan Cerney - 3-3, 2RBIs; Shayla Hollenbeck - 0-1, 1R; Sara Geiser - 0-3, 2 RBIs; Cammy Mithun - 1-3; Hannah Orlowski - 1R

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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