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Osakis stays alive in 6-2A playoffs with 15-run outburst

The Silverstreaks take on Albany for a third time this season back in Waite Park on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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Osakis' Maggie Dirkes fights off a pitch during a game against Minnewaska on April 16, 2021. Dirkes had a home run as part of a three-hit day in the Silverstreaks' 15-11 playoff win over Holdingford on June 4. (Photo by Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Osakis softball team (15-7) has showcased a talented offense for much of this season, and the bats have been on display over the last two games.

One day after putting up 12 runs in a win over Pillager in an elimination game, the Silverstreaks kept their season alive again with a 15-11 win against Holdingford (16-7). Osakis will play Albany (18-5) at 5 p.m. on June 8 back in Waite Park on Traut Field.

Osakis had 13 hits against Holdingford. The Silverstreaks got run-scoring hits from Grace Oeltjen, Laynee Hartshorn and Hayleigh Niehoff early in the game. Tia Dykema also tripled in two runs ahead of a Hartshorn walk with the bases loaded to help Osakis respond to a three-run rally in the middle innings from Holdingford.

Maggie Dirkes added a home run in the sixth inning. Dirkes went 3-for-4 from the plate overall. Kennedy George and Dykema also had multiple hits.

Niehoff got the win from the circle despite Holdingford collecting 14 hits.

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Osakis’ matchup with Albany will be the third time these two teams have met this season. The Huskies won a 5-3 game on May 14 and a 6-3 game in the playoffs on June 3.

The winner of Tuesday’s game will face the loser of top-seeded Pierz and second-seeded Annandale at 7 p.m. on Miller Field in Waite Park.

The winner of that game advances to the championship round on June 10 back at Miller Field needing to win twice against the team that advances through the winner’s bracket in order to win the section championship.

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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