Osakis cruises over Staples-Motley in five innings

Osakis stayed on the winning track on Friday with a dominating win over Staples-Motley.

Tia Dykema

A seven-run fifth inning led to the Osakis softball team earning another mercy-rule victory on Friday afternoon.

The Silverstreaks beat Staples-Motley 17-1 behind late-inning singles from Shelbe Schmidt, Kali Schoeck and Taylor Dirkes that highlighted the rally. Tia Dykema and Laynee Hartshorn also reached base with the help of errors.

Dykema smacked a triple in the bottom of the first inning to get things started for the Silverstreaks. She went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Grace Oeltjen also had a multi-hit day going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.

Schmidt threw all five innings on the pitching rubber and allowed just the one run. She struck out two batters and gave up only four hits.

"We played well in every aspect of the game today,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said. “Shelbe pitched well. Tia led a very good offensive attack from our lineup, and we ran the bases well. We were very aggressive in looking to take that extra base when it became available. We had multiple times during the game in which our runners capitalized on opportunities to take an extra base. It’s something we’ve been working on in practice.”



OSAKIS 242 27X X - 17

OSAKIS HITTING- Grace Oeltjen 2-3, 3R, RBI, K, 3B; Kennedy George 1-2, RBI, K; Tia Dykema 3-4, 4R, 2RBI, 2B, 3B; Laynee Hartshorn 0-3, 2R, BB, RBI; Hayleigh Niehoff 2-3, R, RBI, BB; Shelbe Schmidt 0-3, 2R, RBI, BB; Lexi Klimek 0-1, 2R, 3BB, K; Brooke Dietrich 0-2, R, BB, K; Taylor Dirkes 0-1, RBI; Kaylee Schoeck 1-3, 2RBI; PITCHING- Schmidt- 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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