Roundup: Grace Oeltjen's huge day helps Osakis fend off Melrose in 6-2A opener

The Silverstreaks now take on third-seeded Albany on Thursday in Waite Park.

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Osakis senior Grace Oeltjen squares to bunt during a game against Minnewaska on April 16, 2021. Oeltjen had no need to bunt on June 1 as she singled twice, tripled and hit a home run in leading the Silverstreaks to a 10-6 win over Melrose in the Section 6-2A tournament opener. (Photo by Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The playoffs are a time for seniors to step up, and Osakis’ Grace Oeltjen certainly did that in the Section 6-2A tournament opener on Tuesday.

Oeltjen fell just a double shy of the cycle as she led the sixth-seeded Silverstreaks to a 10-6 win over 11th-seeded Melrose. She singled in the first and sixth innings, tripled in the second and homered in the fifth to finish with three RBIs and three runs scored.

“Grace had a big day at the plate,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said. “She continues to play this game at a high level and full speed. Hayleigh (Niehoff) threw well and was able to work through a few jams throughout the game.”

Niehoff went all seven innings and allowed just one earned run. She scattered four hits and three walks, while striking out 10.

Five defensive errors ultimately did not end up costing Osakis the win after the Silverstreaks pounded out 11 hits. Freshman Maggie Dirkes doubled as part of a two-hit day, and senior Tia Dykema also doubled and drove in three runs. Junior Shelbe Schmidt added two RBIs.


Osakis (13-6) now gets third-seeded Albany in Waite Park at 5 p.m. on June 3. These two teams played on May 14 when the Huskies (16-4) won a 5-3 game.

The winner of Osakis versus Albany plays June 4 in Waite Park at 5 p.m. The loser plays in an elimination game on June 3 at 7 p.m

MELROSE 102 111 0 - 6 4 3

OSAKIS 412 012 X - 10 11 5

OSAKIS PITCHING - Hayleigh Niehoff - W, 7IP, 4H, 6R, 1ER, 3BB, 10SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE - Grace Oeltjen - 4-5, 3B, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBI; Niehoff - 1-4, 1 run; Tia Dykema - 1-4, 2B, 1 run, 3 RBI; Laynee Hartshorn - 0-3, BB; Lexi Klimek - 1-1, 3 BB, 3 runs; Shelbe Schmidt - 1-3, 2 RBI; Maggie Dirkes - 2-3, 2B, BB, 2 runs, RBI; Josee Hartshorn - 1-4; Kennedy George - 0-3

Scores from Tuesday, June 1

(Stats not yet available)

Section 6A playoffs


Parkers Prairie (13-7) 11, Ashby (6-14) 5

West Central Area (9-11) 13, Upsala (8-10) 8

Section 3-2A playoffs

Litchfield (16-6) 15, Minnewaska (5-14) 0 (F/4 innings)

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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