O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Lady Wolverines come up just short against Akron-Westfield


The Wolverines traveled to Akron June 13 for a conference contest and ended up on the losing side of a very well played high school Softball game. Eighth-ranked Akron-Westfield scored single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings and then held off a South O'Brien rally in the seventh to edge the Wolverines 3-1. The loss was the first in five conference games for South O'Brien.

One indicator as to the quality of the contest was that neither team committed an error defensively. Both teams used a combination of two pitchers. For the Wolverines, Bailey Tjossem started and threw for four innings. She struck out seven and walked four, while giving up two runs. Sydney Struve came in to throw the last two innings and struck out two, walked three and allowed one run.

"Seven walks is a bit too many, but both pitchers did a great job against some very tough hitters," commented South O'Brien head coach Heather Struve. "To hold A-W to three hits and three runs is a testament to your pitching because they can score runs very quickly with the smallest error. And the defense was super behind them. Skye Rehder had an outstanding catch in right field and Taryn Hintz had a super back hand grab at first base. Tjossem also tossed a bunted ball underhand to Jordan Nieuwenhuis at home to catch a runner coming in on the squeeze bunt to highlight the defensive plays. Unfortunately all three of Akron's runs came when a batter was walked and later came in on a base hit or a wild pitch."

In the seventh inning, down 3-0, the Wolverines made a run, but fell just a bit short. Tjossem led off the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Delanie Coady. After an out, Coady moved to third on a double by Liz Maurer. Following the second out, Hannah Dau walked to load the bases. Struve was hit by a pitch to bring in Coady and keep the bases loaded. Hintz hit a high hopper straight up the middle that the Westerner pitcher just barely snowconed in her glove before throwing to first for the final out of the game.

South O'Brien totaled five hits in the contest. Maurer had the double and Hintz, Dau, Tjossem and Gabby Heeren had base hits.

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