Softball suffers tough loss in state quarterfinals

Softball suffers tough loss in state quarterfinals

Katie Reed takes a swing at a pitch in the Tigers Quarterfinal game against Eureka.

The OHS Varsity Softball Team had a devastating loss against Eureka in the state quaterfinals.

The score ended up being 2-0, but both teams came out ready to win. When it came to the coin flip, Oakville was the visitor and Eureka was home, so Oakville got to hit first. For the first four innings, the defense for the Wildcats and the Tigers was superior. There were minimal errors made, though each team couldn’t get a run in. But it all came to an end in the top of the fifth, when Eureka had three hits, scoring two runs. Though Oakville got a couple of runners on base in the last three innings, they just could not catch up with the Wildcats.

“We competed well,” said Alex Frenz (11), who pitched a great game.

“The defense was great, but we just didn’t do enough offensively,” Coach Rich Sturm said.

The Tigers had a great season with a record of 23-5. They won Districts, a Conference Championship, and a Semifinal Qualifier. If they had won this game, they would have been in the final four in the state. The last time they were in the final four was in 2010, when they were crowned Missouri State Champions.

“I think it was a great season,” Assistant Coach Bob Kern said. “23-5 is a great record, but only one team gets to be happy in the end.”

This year, there were two new assistant coaches, seven returners including seniors Megan Allen and Adrianna Wegmann, and five players that came up from JV. The team definitely showed their talent throughout the season, and they proved it with their 23 wins.

“I am very proud of the girls, and they had an absolutely amazing season,” Sturm said.