Softball roundup: Osakis comes close to winning its first game of the season but drop four games on the road

Osakis goes 0-4 in doubleheader against Upsala, and single games against Pillager and Pequot Lakes, while Brainerd proves to be too much for Alexandria.

Hayleigh Niehoff

The Osakis Silverstreaks softball team lost to Pequot Lakes and Pillager last Thursday and dropped a doubleheader against Upsala by a slim margin in each game on Friday.

“Both teams we played are among the top teams in our section,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said about Osakis’ competition on Thursday. “Both games were close early. Both pitchers we faced threw very well, making it difficult for us to get our offense going and made the task of playing from behind very difficult.”

The Silverstreaks lost 9-1 against Pequot Lakes and 10-0 in five innings to Pillager on Thursday.

Osakis’s lone run of the day came on an RBI single by Charlee Thieschafer. Thieschafer’s hit was one of three that Osakis had against Pequot Lakes as Lara Drum and Maggie Dirckes had hits in the game as well. Osakis struck out 10 times against Pequot Lakes.

In the pitcher’s circle, Shelbe Schmidt got the start. She pitched four innings, allowed four hits, seven runs (four earned), five walks and two strikeouts. Averie Moundson pitched two innings, had one strike out while allowing four hits, two runs and three walks.


In the game against Pillager, Osakis kept it close early, but Pillager blew things open in the fourth inning. With a 2-0 lead, Pillager scored eight runs which led to winning 10-0.

Osakis’ games against Upsala were neck and neck games that didn’t go Osakis’ way.

In game, Osakis scored three runs in the top of the first inning. But the offense went cold for the next four innings until one run was scored to tie the game at four. Upsala scored a run in the bottom of the sixth and went on to win the game 5-4.

Osakis had nine hits in the game, led by Dirkes and Lexi Kilmek who each had two. Niehoff had pitched in the game for the Silverstreaks and had nine strikeouts, allowed 10 hits, five runs (three earned) and three walks.

In the other half of the doubleheader, Osakis trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Osakis got the bats going and scored six runs in the inning and had the momentum. But Upsala responded by scoring five runs and went on to win 9-7.

“We are starting to see our bats come to life and our overall confidence level increase,” Stigman said. “We will need to continually see improvements to help our psyche grow stronger.”

The Silverstreaks are back at home on Tuesday for a doubleheader with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Game one of the doubleheader begins at 4 p.m.

Osakis vs Pequot Lakes -

OSAKIS - 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1

PEQUOT LAKES - 2 1 1 3 0 2 X - 9

OSAKIS PITCHING - Shelbe Schmidt - L - 4 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO; Averie Moundson - 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

OSAKIS HITTING - Lexi Klimek, 0-4; Kennedy George, 0-3; Shelbe Schmidt, 0-1; Averie Moundson, 0-2; Maggie Dirkes, 1-2; Hayleigh Niehoff, 0-3; Charlee Theischafer, 1-3; Lara Drum, 1-4; Josee Hartshorn, 0-2; Kali Shoeck, 0-1

Osakis vs Pillager -

OSAKIS - 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

PILLAGER - 2 0 0 8 X - 10

OSAKIS PITCHING - Hayleigh Niehoff - L - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO; Averie Moundson - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB

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

GAME 1 vs Upsala

OSAKIS - 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 4

UPSALA - 1 0 1 0 2 1 X - 5

OSAKIS PITCHING - Hayleigh Niehoff - L- 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO

OSAKIS BATTING - Lexi Klimek, 2-4; Hayleigh Niehoff, 1-4; Maggie Dirkes, 2-4; Shelbe Schmidt, 1-4; Kennedy Geroge, 0-3; Charlee Thieschafer, 1-4; Josee Hartshorn, 1-2; Taylor Dirkes, 1-3; Kali Schoeck, 0-1

GAME 2 vs Upsala

UPSALA - 3 0 1 0 0 5 0 - 9

OSAKIS - 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 - 7

OSAKIS PITCHING - Hayleigh Niehoff - L - 7 IP, 5 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 5 SO

OSAKIS BATTTING - Lexi Klimek, 0-5; Hayleigh Niehoff, 2-4; Maggie Dirkes, 1-1; Shelbe Schmidt, 1-2; Brittany Dietrich, 0-1; Kennedy George, 1-4; Charlee Theischafer, 0-4; Josee Hartshorn, 2-4; Taylor Dirkes, 2-4; Kali Schoeck, 2-3; Lara Drum, 0-1

Brainerd erups early in Alexandria

The Alexandria softball team (1-5) ran into a good Brainerd program last Friday as the Warriors left Alexandria with a 13-0 win.


The Warriors hit two home runs and scored five runs in the first inning to take command. They added four more in the second frame.

Kinzie Johnson, Brookelyn Stender and Maddie Buboltz all had a hit for Alexandria, while Jordan O’Kane, Madi Heid and Tatum Ketelson all got innings from the circle.

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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