Roundup: Osakis still going in 6-2A playoffs after Thursday split

Kennedy George's five-hit day helps keep the Silverstreaks' hopes alive, while Parkers Prairie also goes 1-1 to survive another day in Section 6A.

Kennedy George

The Osakis softball team is still going in the Section 6-2A playoffs after splitting two games on June 3.

The Silverstreaks (14-7) were forced into an elimination game after a 6-3 loss to Albany (17-4) in their first game on Thursday. Osakis got the job done against Pillager (11-12), winning 12-2 to advance to another elimination game on June 4 at 3 p.m. back in Waite Park.

Laynee Hartshorn homered against the Huskies, and Kennedy George went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. That was plenty of offense for Hayleigh Niehoff, who went all five innings and allowed just one earned run.

Albany built up an early lead through the first two innings on Thursday. Hallie Hoffarth made that hold up in the three-run victory. She went all seven innings and allowed the three Osakis runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Niehoff went six innings for Osakis. She also struck out three around seven Albany hits and a walk as the Huskies got to her for six runs.


George led the Silverstreaks’ offense with a 2-for-3 game, giving her five hits on the day.

Osakis will play the loser of a game between top-seeded Pierz and fifth-seeded Holdingford on June 4. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m., according to the section bracket on the MSHSL website, with Osakis’ game starting not long after the conclusion on Miller Field.

PILLAGER 200 00 - 2 4 6

OSAKIS 311 43 - 12 8 2

OSAKIS PITCHING - Hayleigh Niehoff - W, 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 2SO

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

Scores from Thursday, June 3

(Stats not yet available)

Section 6A playoffs


New York Mills (17-6) 10, Parkers Prairie (14-8) 4

Parkers Prairie 6, Pelican Rapids (11-12) 1

Next game: Parkers Prairie vs. Benson (15-7) on June 8 in Browerville, 3 p.m.

Benson 7, West Central Area (9-13) 6

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (15-6) 7, West Central Area 5

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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