It was a very tight game for 5-½ innings of play, but then fifth-ranked Remsen St. Mary’s scored three runs in the sixth to put South O’Brien away 6-2 in a Class 1A Region 1 quarterfinal contest Wednesday, July 6 at Remsen.
RSM scored an unearned run in the first inning on a Wolverine error to go up 1-0, but South O’Brien scored their own unearned run in the top of the second to tie the score 1-1. Karlee Warnke did the damage herself to score the first run. She hit a single, stole second, did a delayed steal to take third and the Hawks had a wild throw to third base to try to put the tag on her and she ended up going home.
The bats were silent for both teams in the third inning. In the fourth RSM hit a single, a double and a triple to put two runs on the board and make the score 3-1 in their favor. In the fifth inning neither team scored.
South O’Brien’s Warnke scored another run in the sixth inning. With two outs, she hit a single up the middle. When she was stealing second the throw from the catcher sailed into center field, so she made it to third base. A few pitches later she scored on a passed ball to cut the Hawks’ lead to 3-2. However, the Hawks made some noise in the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring three runs off of two hits and a Wolverine error. We had our chances with runners in scoring position three different innings, but just couldn’t get the timely hit when we needed it. RSM is a good team and they earned the win tonight.
South O’Brien had only four hits on the night, with two of them coming from Warnke. Kenna Bauer hit a double and Payton Farquhar had a single. Grace Fuhrman pitched a nice game for us. She gave up seven hits and six runs (five earned), struck out five and did not walk a batter. Our offense just didn’t come through enough to get the win. We did have three hard line drives that were just right at the RSM defense.
Four seniors played their last game tonight. They are Grace Fuhrman, Abby Schreck, Kenna Bauer and Annika Jenness. The four of them ended as our top four hitters this season. We will have some big shoes to fill next summer.
We ended the season 10-17 overall and 4-6 in the War Eagle Conference, which was good for sixth place. Our record really does not show how good of a team this was, as we lost five games by just one run and another two games by two runs each. Those were some tough losses, but this group battled through a season that saw many different line-ups and some bumps in the road.
Fuhrman set a school record in the first game of the year against Harris-Lake Park. She now holds the single game record for most strikeouts with 17. That is quite an accomplishment!
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