Offense scarce for Knights
MILFORD — Despite some good defense, the Graettinger/Terril softball team just couldn’t muster the offense in its first two games at the Okoboji Tournament on Thursday.
The Knights had just two hits in a 4-0 loss to MOC-Floyd Valley and couldn’t come up with the timely hit in a 4-2 loss to South O’Brien.
“We hit the ball well, just right to people,” said G/T coach Jana Hector.
A prime example came in the bottom of the seventh against South O’Brien. After Nikki Brown drew a walk, leadoff batter Dakota Hovinga hit a line shot that appeared headed down the first-base line. The South O’Brien first baseman snagged the ball and doubled up the runner to reduce the chances for any Knight rally.
The Knights only struck out twice against South O’Brien.
Hector praised her defense for their effort.
“Our defense played well and we had two good balls games,” said Hector.
Against MOC-Floyd Valley, the Dutch had six of their 10 hits in the fifth inning to score four runs.
For the Knights, Tasha Neilson had a two-out triple in the second inning and was 1-3. Hovinga also was 1-3.
Malorie Girres took the loss. She struck out three batters and walked one.
The Knights had just a couple errors in the second game with South O’Brien, but both proved costly.
In the second inning, the Knights gave up a leadoff walk and then forced out the leadoff runner twice. But then on grounder, G/T overthrow first base allowing the Wolverines to take a 1-0 lead.
The Knights’ defensive highlight of the evening came in the fifth inning when shortstop Theresa Petersen snagged a line drive and doubled up the runner at first base.
In the sixth inning, South o’Brien again took advantage of an overthrow at first base to score a run.
However, G/T rallied in the bottom of the inning.
The Knights had runners at second and third with two outs, Leah Flaharty scored on a passed ball and Tasha Nielsen came up with an RBI single to bring home courtesy runner Hailley Nelson.
South O’Brien retook the lead in the seventh as Girres hit the second batter and the cleanup hitter came up with an RBI double. The Wolverines scored an insurance run with a two-out RBI single for the final tally.
For the Knights, Neilson was 2-3 and Hovinga, Petersen and Flaharty were 1-3.
Girres again took the loss. She struck out one batter, walked one and hit one.
The Knights return to the Okoboji Tournament on Saturday.
MOC-FV 000 040 0 – 4 8 0
G/T 000 000 0 – 0 2 4
MOCFV – Blythe (WP) and Hunt. G/T – Girres(LP) and Mart. 3B – Neilson.
South O’Brien 010 001 2 – 4 10 2
G/T 000 002 0 – 2 6 2
SOB – Lansink (WP) and Haden. GT – Girres (LP) and Mart. 2B – SOB: Julian.