by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Osseo is 3-1 in conference softball play with wins over Park Center, Armstrong and Coon Rapids and a loss to Champlin Park. The Orioles are 5-3 overall.
The Orioles played five games in two days to open the season. They opened the season with a 2-0 win over Park Center. Sophomore lead-off hitter Taylor Bridgeman was 3 for 3 with an RBI. Sophomore Courtney Calkins was the winning pitcher striking out eight.
“The game went just like a season opening game would normally go,” Osseo coach Eric Ruska said. “The pitching was slightly ahead of hitting.”
The Orioles followed with a 4-1 win at Armstrong.
“The game was a little sloppy on our end, but our batters were better with runners on base,” Ruska said.
Junior Ashley Sis got Osseo going in the fourth with a booming triple that bounced directly off the top of the left field fence. The hit sparked a three-run burst. Calkins got the win with 10 strike outs.
Osseo then went 1-2 in the Shakopee Tournament. In the opener, the Orioles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first but surrendered five runs in the bottom of the inning, all of them unearned, to a very good hitting Shakopee team. Osseo lost 11-4.
The second game was tight and Osseo made costly mistakes as Spring Lake Park won 5-0 with five unearned runs. Osseo had 11 hits but couldn’t string them together to manufacture any runs.
The Orioles then routed Big Lake 13-6 in the third game.
“We had some timely hitting for a change,” Ruska said.
Eighth grader Katie Johnson recorded her first win giving up only one earned run.
The Orioles then lost to Champlin Park 6-1, routed White Bear Lake 15-3 and edged Coon Rapids 3-1.
“It was great playing in the hot sun again. We definitely took advantage of it,” Ruska said.
But unfortunately, the weather turned cold again late last week and the Orioles again had to deal with the snow and rain.
“After this weekend we thought we were money, but now it looks like a chance of snow,” Ruska said. “So we apologize to the greater softball community for the jinx on the first weekend of May.”
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