Offensive outburst carries Osakis to 21-13 win over Sauk Centre

Lexi Klimek and Grace Oeltjen both have 4-hit days as Osakis puts up 21 runs on 21 hits.

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Osakis' Lexi Klimek races to first base during a game against Albany on May 14, 2021. Klimek was 4-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs in the Silverstreaks' 21-13 win over Sauk Centre on May 17, 2021. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Osakis softball team (10-3) scored a season-high in runs on 21 hits on Monday to take a 21-13 game over Sauk Centre (7-7).

The Mainstreeters grabbed a 13-10 lead with a six-run top of the sixth inning. The Silverstreaks responded with 11 runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.

Osakis was productive up and down the lineup. Grace Oeltjen, Kennedy George, Laynee Hartshorn, Hayleigh Niehoff, Lexi Klimek and Maggie Dirkes all had two RBIs.

Grace Oeltjen


Oeltjen doubled and tripled as part of a 4-hit day. Her 2-run double in the sixth broke a 13-13 tie. Hartshorn homered and Klimek also had four hits.

“We hit the ball very well today, and we needed to,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said.
“This was one of those games in which the last team to score wins. We were fortunate to be that last team to score.”

Osakis now hosts a big Prairie Conference and Section 6AA game against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (10-4) today, Tuesday, with a 5 p.m. first pitch. The Thunder won a 10-9 game against the Silverstreaks on April 30. Both teams are 4-1 in conference play.

SAUK CENTRE 302 206 0 - 13 12 8

OSAKIS 442 00(11) X - 21 21 3

OSAKIS PITCHING - Shelbe Schmidt - 5IP, 10H, 9R, 5ER, 4BB, 5SO; Hayleigh Niehoff - 2IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 6BB, 2SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE - Grace Oeltjen - 4-5, 2B, 3B, 4 runs, 2 RBI; Kennedy George - 2-5, 1 run, 2 RBI; Tia Dykema - 1-4, BB, 3 runs, RBI; Laynee Hartshorn - 3-5, HR, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Niehoff - 3-4, 4 runs, 2 RBI; Schmidt - 2-5, 2 runs, RBI; Lexi Klimek - 4-4, BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Maggie Dirkes - 1-5, 1 run, 2 RBI; Kali Schoeck - 1-5, 1 run, RBI


Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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