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Softball teams win titles

Contributed photo Members of the championship Osakis 12U softball team include (back, left to right) Ana Chisholm, Taylor Spychalla, McKenzie Gerdes, Tahara Hovey, coach John Stigman, (front) Megan Giesler, Mackenzie Staloch, Jordyn Rajdl, Jenna Fearing, Ellen Oeltjen, Jessica Lebrun, Morgan Silbernick. Not pictured, Alli Scherr, Ashley Wolterstorff and Amber Matzke.

Two West Central Softball League (WCSL) championships and one runner-up finish highlighted the summer for the Osakis U17, U14 and U12 softball squads.

U17

The U17 team captured the WCSL title recently as they defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 9-8 on a fifth-inning rally.

Mercedes Klimek began and ended the rally, opening the action as she reached first on a walk.

A base hit by Kiera Zimmel and two more walks scored a run for Osakis. They continued to score, tying the game on a walk.

"With two outs and a tie game, Klimek finished the rally she started with a base hit, scoring the winning run from third base," said coach John Stigman.

Hailey Rajdl picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Sabrina Zimmel.

Osakis opened the tournament with a 19-4 win over Melrose as K. Zimmel earned the win on the mound.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Sauk Centre.

Melrose came away with a third place finish as they defeated Sauk Centre 11-2.

Members of the U17 team include Klimek, S. Zimmel, Brianne Giesler, K. Zimmel, Janna Juntunen, Tonya Hetland, Hailey Rajdl, Rachelle Rajdl, Lauren Silbernik, Danielle Chisholm, Alex Anderson, Haley Anderson, Lisa Dillehay and Alida Hovey.

Osakis finished with a 14-2 record, tying with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at 10-2 in the regular season standings.

U14

The Osakis U14 team finished second in the West Central Softball League, losing its opening round game to Sauk Centre, but coming back to knock off Long Prairie in the second game.

Complete details of this division will be printed in an upcoming issue.

U12

The U12 softball team captured its own WCSL championships, upsetting the top two seeds.

Coming in as the third seed with a 6-5-1 record, Osakis faced No. 2 seeded Little Falls in the first game, winning 5-0.

McKenzie Gerdes and Taylor Spychalla shared the pitching duties in the win, with Mackenzie Staloch scoring two runs, and Gerdes, Spychalla and Megan Giesler each scoring one.

In the championship game against top-seeded Browerville, Osakis avenged a pair of earlier season losses with a 2-1 win.

Down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Staloch and Tahara Hovey both scored on a Browerville error to give Osakis the lead.

Jenna Fearing shut the door in the fifth, getting the pitching win.

Fearing and Staloch shared the pitching duties, with Staloch going the first three frames and Fearing the final two.

Little Falls defeated Sauk Centre for third in the tourney.

Members of the U12 team include Gerdes, Staloch, Amber Matzke, Giesler, Spychalla, Ashley Wolterstorff, Fearing, Ellen Oeltjen, Morgan Silbernick, Ana Chisholm, Ali Scherr, Hovey, Jessica LeBrun and Jordan Rajdl.

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