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Lady Wolverines go 1-1 at abbreviated West Sioux Tourney


Shortstop Kaylee Jacobs throws to first to retire a Unity Christian batter at the West Sioux Tourney.

South O'Brien won a game, lost a game, and lost another to the weather as the Wolverines participated in the West Sioux Tournament June 15. The Tourney was set up into two three-team pools this year due to there only being six teams instead of eight. South O'Brien went 1-1 in pool play at Hawarden, coming out of their pool in second place. The win was over Unity Christian and the loss was to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. The Wolverines were playing Sioux City West in the third place game at Ireton, but it got rained out at the end of the first inning with South O'Brien leading 3-1. The results put the Wolverines' record at 13-2 on the season.

S. O'Brien 15, Unity Christian 5

South O'Brien was the visitor for this game. Neither team scored the first inning, but the Wolverines put three runs on the board in the second on three hits and a hit batter. They held the Knights in the bottom of the second. In the third, South O'Brien tallied three more runs on two walks, a Unity error and a single. The Knights scored three runs of their own to cut the score to 6-3 with South O'Brien leading.

The fourth inning was huge as the Wolverines came across home plate nine times. The damage was done on five hits, two hit batters, a walk and two Knight errors. Kaylee Jacobs had the big hit of the inning with a three-run double. In the bottom of the fourth Unity scored two runs to make the score 15-5 in favor of South O'Brien. Neither team scored in the fifth inning and the game ended by the 10-run rule.

Sydney Struve pitched the first three innings of play and gave up no hits, struck out five, walked five, and allowed three unearned runs. Kenna Bauer pitched the last two innings and yielded two hits, struck out two, walked two, and gave up two unearned runs. In the hitting department, Liz Maurer led all hitters going 3-for-4. Along with the three singles, she scored two runs and had two RBI's. Jacobs was 2-for-3 with the big double and a single, four RBI's, and two runs scored. Jordan Nieuwenhuis had a pair of base hits.

S. O'Brien

0 3 3 9 0 – 15

Unity 0 0 3 2 0 – 5

BHRV 11, S. O'Brien 3

In the second game of the day South O'Brien was once again the visitor and failed to score in the first inning. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, on the other hand, got off to a great start, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first on three hits, four walks, a Wolverine error and a sacrifice bunt. Only one of those runs was earned.

The Wolverines scored a run in the second when Erin Wagner walked, moved to second on a passed ball and came in on a single from Skye Rehder. South O'Brien got single runs in the fourth and sixth innings as well. In the fourth with two outs, Jacobs hit a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a base hit from Struve. In the sixth, again with two outs, Rehder had a base rap and scored on Struve's triple to right center. This brought the game to 5-3 on the scoreboard in favor of the Nighthawks.

In the bottom of the sixth, there were only seven minutes left on the 90-minute time limit rule for tournaments, so South O'Brien's only chance was to get three quick outs and then score in the seventh. The first out was a line drive to third baseman Wagner. Then the bottom fell out for the Wolverines as BHRV just went on a hitting spree, racking up six hits. "Some of these hits were due to us having to just call pretty safe pitches that would be called strikes in a very small strike zone because otherwise the game would be called due to the time limit," explained Wolverine head coach Heather Struve. The Nighthawks ended up scoring six times in the final frame of play.

Taryn Hintz had a great West Sioux Tourney game against BHRV going 3-for-3 at the plate including a double.

"Bailey Tjossem pitched a great game after the first inning of play," noted her coach. "She allowed a very good hitting BHRV team 10 hits, but six of them were in the last inning and due to rushing and throwing the majority of the pitches just fastballs." Tjossem struck out five and walked nine. She held the Nighthawks scoreless over the middle four innings of play.

Taryn Hintz led the Wolverine attack, going 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of singles. "Taryn had a super game at the dish!" said the coach. Struve was 2-for-4 with a triple and a single and two RBI's. Rehder hit two singles and scored a run. Jacobs contributed a single and a run and Nieuwenhuis had a base hit.

S. O'Brien

0 1 0 1 0 1 – 3


5 0 0 0 0 6 - 11


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