Osakis hands on to beat Eden Valley-Watkins behind fourth-inning burst

Osakis hung on to beat Eden Valley-Watkins for its third straight win.

Tia Dykema

A three-run fourth inning propelled the Osakis softball team to its third straight win on Thursday night.

Senior Tia Dykema was 4-for-4 at the plate with a second-inning home run and double in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, RBIs from Senior Laynee Hartshorn, sophomore Shelbe Schmidt and junior Lexi Klimek gave the Silverstreaks an eight-run lead. EV-W put up five runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the comeback came up one run short.

Schmidt led Osakis on the pitching rubber and threw five innings. She gave up six runs on eight hits and stuck out four batters. Niehoff threw the final two innings to preserve the win.

Along with Dykema’s home run, senior Grace Oeltjen went deep in the bottom of the third inning. Osakis had 13 hits on the day, including multi-hit games from Dykema, Oeltjen and Hartshorn.

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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