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Softball: Offense erupts in the opener for Osakis

Kylie Anderson

The Osakis softball team had to move what was meant to be a home game with Melrose to the Dutchmen’s home field, but the Silverstreaks came back with an 11-5 win in their opener on Monday night.

It took digging out of a bit of a hole. Osakis led 3-0 before a four-run bottom of the second for Melrose. Two runs in the fourth and a six-run outburst in the top of the fifth erased that deficit and sent the Silverstreaks to 1-0.

“For a season-opening game, we played solid softball,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said. “We did a lot of little things really well. Our short game was really effective in putting pressure on their defense. Once our runners advanced to scoring position, we had some clutch hitting to bring them around to score. Good defense plus timely hitting usually means good results. Today was a good example of that.”

Laynee Hartshorn was 1-for-4 at the plate, but her hit was a two-run single in the fifth that opened the game up. Kylie Anderson and Grace Oeltjen each had three hits as Anderson stole three bases and added two RBIs and Oeltjen drove in a run and stole three bags. Shea Olson had two hits and an RBI, and Lexi Klimek tripled with an RBI.

That offense made a winner out of senior Jaden Klimek from the circle. She worked 5 1/3 innings and scattered five hits and seven walks but kept the damage to a minimum outside of the second inning.

“Good opening to the season with a solid win, but we need to keep improving and keep building our team,” Stigman said.

Osakis has a game scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, but the location of that game was still up in the air as of Tuesday morning. If Osakis’ field was not playable by the afternoon, the two teams would play at Minnewaska at 5 p.m.

OSAKIS          210 260 0 - 11 13 0

MELROSE     040 010 0 - 5 6 2

OSAKIS PITCHING - Jaden Klimek - W, 5 1/3IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 7BB, 3SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE - Kylie Anderson - 3-4, 2 RBI, 3 SB; Grace Oeltjen - 3-4, RBI, 3 SB; Shea Olson - 2-3, RBI; Lexi Klimek - 1-4, 3B, RBI; Laynee Hartshorn - 1-4, 2 RBI; Morgan Herzog - 1B; Tia Dykema - 1B; Maddie Johanson - 1B

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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