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Lady Wolverines show championship form at Okoboji Tourney


Courtesy runner Emily Chicoine races home to score in the tourney win over Sioux City West.

South O'Brien picked up three wins and, by the way, a tourney championship at the Okoboji Softball Tournament June 22 at Milford. The Wolverines opened with a 7-2 win over Sioux City West and followed that up with a 5-0 shutout of the host Pioneers. The title game pitted the Wolverines against Sheldon and South O'Brien wore down the Orabs 11-2. "This was the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years that the South O'Brien girls have come away with the championship at this tournament!" said an excited Heather Struve, Wolverine head coach. "It was a fun day to say the least!"  With the three wins, South O'Brien's overall record improved to 18-3.

S. O'Brien 7, Sioux City West 2

In the match-up of Wolverines, South O'Brien spotted West a run in the top of the first before scoring three of their own in the bottom of the inning. Hannah Dau and Sydney Struve started things off with a single and a double. Taryn Hintz grounded out to score Dau. Jordan Nieuwenhuis hit a base hit to deliver Struve. Later Gabby Heeren reached base on a fielder's choice that plated Emily Chicoine (Nieuwenhuis' courtesy runner.)

Kaylee Jacobs got a single and scored a run in the second inning to put her team up 4-1. In the fourth the leading Wolverines added four more runs off of four consecutive singles from Jacobs, Bailey Tjossem, Dau and Struve. Later that inning, Nieuwenhuis added yet another single. The score was now 7-1. West got a lone run in the sixth to make the final score 7-2 and the game ended at that point on the time limit rule for tournaments.

"The defense committed just two errors for the game and Tjossem, Dau and Hintz completed a great double play from pitcher to shortstop at second base to first base," noted Coach Struve. "This play happens a lot in Baseball, but is rarely seen in Softball with the bases being so close together."

Tjossem got the win on the mound with five K's, one walk, two hit batters, three hits allowed and one earned run given up. Kenna Bauer finished up the last inning of play and gave up one unearned run, walked two and hit one batter. Four batters had two hits for the game. Struve had a double, a single, a run, and one RBI. Dau, Nieuwenhuis, and Jacobs hit two singles each. Dau had two RBI's and scored twice. Nieuwenhuis had an RBI, Jacobs scored a run and Erin Wagner and Tjossem each collected a base hit.

SC West

1 0 0 0 0 1 – 2

S. O'Brien

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S. O'Brien 5, Okoboji 0

Struve went the distance (six innings due to the time limit) and threw a no hitter the second game of the day against Okoboji, striking out three and walking seven in the process. "Seven is a few too many to walk, but she spread them out over the course of the game and got herself out of some jams with girls on base," remarked Coach Struve. "She was really throwing some heat with her fast ball and mixed in the change up here and there. The defense was also great behind her with no errors for the game. Skye Rehder had a great catch in right field!"

Neither team scored until the third inning. Jacobs had a single that inning, followed by an out and then a walk by Struve. Tjossem sac bunted the runners to second and third. Hintz reached on an error that scored both runs.

South O'Brien would not score again until the sixth inning when they added their last three runs to the scoreboard. Tjossem had a leadoff walk followed by a double by Hintz. Nieuwenhuis reached on an error to score the first run. Heeren grounded out to the pitcher to score the second run and Liz Maurer singled to score the third run of the inning to make the score 5-0 Wolverines.

The Wolverines only had six total hits for the game and Maurer had two of them. Hintz hit the double, scored a run and had an RBI. Nieuwenhuis also had a hit, an RBI, and her courtesy runner, Delanie Coady, scored a run. Jacobs recorded a base hit and a run and Heeren singled.


0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0

S. O'Brien

0 0 2 0 0 3 – 5

S. O'Brien 11, Sheldon 2

Shortstop Hannah Dau loads up to fire to first and complete a 1-6-3 double play that ended the inning Saturday against Sioux City West.

The Wolverines used nine hits and a good combination of pitching from Tjossem and Struve to win the championship game of the tourney 11-2 over the Orabs. Tjossem threw the first four innings and allowed three hits and two unearned runs, struck out five and walked two to earn the win. Struve came in for the last three innings to garner the save by allowing three hits and no runs, striking out six and walking two. "Both pitchers threw well and hit their spots and mixed up pitches well," noted their coach.

South O'Brien scored in all but the first inning. The team had one run in each of the second and third innings, regained the lead with two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings and topped it off with a five-run sixth. Sheldon helped out the Wolverine cause by committing nine errors in the game. The Wolverines on the other hand had just one error. Maurer hit a triple and a single, scored a run and had 2 RBI's to lead the offense. Rehder smacked a double and a single, scored a run and notched two RBI's. Struve delivered two base raps, two RBI's and a run. Anna Friedrichsen and Jacobs each had a single.


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S. O'Brien

0 1 1 2 2 5 x - 11


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