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Softball: Brandon-Evansville sweeps Rothsay doubleheader; Osakis splits a pair of early-week games

B-E offense scores 26 runs in doubleheader sweep of Rothsay; Osakis falls to Pierz but beats Royalton

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Brandon-Evansville's Kiley Lund slides under a tag in a game against Ortonville on May 16, 2022. B-E defeated Ortonville by a combined score of 28-3 in the doubleheader. Lund had three hits in game two of a doubleheader against Rothsay. B-E swept that doubleheader as well.
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In the midst of a busy week, the Brandon-Evansville softball team swept a doubleheader against Rothsay on Tuesday.

The Chargers earned a game one 9-6 win and 17-11 win in game two.

B-E trailed 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth of game one, but scored six runs in the inning to win the game.

“This game was back and forth and one we were glad to come out on top,” B-E head coach Kasi Sieling said. “Taylin [Kramer] and Kylee [Dingwall] combined to throw a solid game in the circle, and overall, our defense played well behind them. We made some mistakes on the bases, but were able to string enough hits together to provide our pitchers with the run support they needed.”

Kylee Dingwall had a big game at the plate as she went 3-for-4 and had an RBI. Sydney Schaefer led the Chargers in RBIs with two. Claire Boesl and Maddie Stich each had two hits, while Taylin Kramer, Sophie Koep and Kaytlyn Pattrin had one hit.

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Dingwall earned the win in the circle for the Chargers. She pitched two innings, allowed three runs (two earned), five walks, one hit and struck out one batter. Kramer pitched five innings for the Chargers. She struck out three batters, walked six batters, allowed three runs (two earned) and three hits.

Following a short intermission, the Chargers' offense quickly picked up where they left off as they scored five runs in the first inning. The Chargers added six runs in the fourth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh to get to 17 runs.

B-E had eight batters who had at least two hits, led by Koep who went 3-for-3 and Kiley Lund who hit 3-for-5.

Schaefer, Kramer, Pattrin, Dingwall, Stich and Haddy Baune each had two hits. Kendra Klimek had a hit as well.

“We did a lot of good things in this game to come out with the win,” Sieling said. “The girls did a nice job of hitting the ball hard and being confident in the box. Claire and Haddy did a solid job in the circle. Defensively, we made some really heads-up plays, but also have some things we need to clean up after giving the Tigers too many extra outs. These were two good conference wins and we look forward to taking the field again in Fergus Falls against Hillcrest.”

B-E (6-5) plays a doubleheader against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Osakis falls to Pierz, beats Royalton

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Hayleigh Niehoff

Osakis is in the final stretch of its regular season and had a game on Monday and Tuesday to begin the final week of the regular season.

Osakis fell in a road game, 12-0 in five innings, against Pierz but bounced back nicely with a 5-1 win at home over Royalton.

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Osakis fell behind early and couldn’t quite recover against the Pioneers. Pierz jumped on Osakis early by scoring six runs in the first inning. Pierz then posted three runs in the third and fourth to get to 12 runs.

Pierz had eight hits in the game and walked nine times.

The Silverstreaks returned home following the loss and earned the win over Royalton.

“We played well all around,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said. “Hayleigh (Niehoff) pitched very well. We played good defense and hit well when we needed it. It was a good bounce back.”

Osakis got on the board early with three runs in the second and two runs in the third. Royalton got one run in the sixth but nothing more.

The Silverstreaks had 10 hits in the game Tuesday, led byTaylor Dirkes with three. Maggie and Taylor Dirkes led the Silverstreaks with two RBIs a piece.

Niehoff pitched a complete game, struck out six batters, and allowed five hits, one run and four walks.

Osakis’ regular season finale is a home game against Holdingford on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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Game one -

Osakis - 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4 3

Pierz - 6 0 3 3 X - 12 8 1

OSAKIS PITCHING - Shelbe Schmidt - L - 3.2 IP, 8 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 5 SO; Hayleigh Niehoff - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

OSAKIS HITTING - Lexi Klimek, 2-3; Hayleigh Niehoff, 0-2, BB; Maggie Dirkes, 0-3; Charlee Thieschafer, 1-2; Shelbe Schmidt, 0-2; Kennedy George, 0-2; Lara Drum, 0-1; Kali Schoeck, 0-1; Josee Hartshorn, 0-1; Taylor Dirkes, 1-2

Game two -

Royalton - 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 5 1

Osakis - 0 3 2 0 0 0 X - 5 10 0

OSAKIS PITCHING - Hayleigh Niehoff - W - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO

OSAKIST HITTING - Lexi Klimek, 1-4, 1 RBI; Hayleigh Niehoff, 2-4; Maggie Dirkes, 1-4, 2 RBI; Charlee Thieschafer, 1-3; Averie Moundson, 1-1; Shelbe Schmidt, 1-2, 2 BB; Kennedy George, 0-3; Lara Drum, 0-1; Josee Hartshorn, 0-3; Kali Schoeck, 0-1, 2 BB; Taylor Dirkes, 3-3, 2 RBI

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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