Once the game started Osceola Chieftain softball coach James Gillespie probably didn’t have a lot to do. His team was prepared to take on the Prescott Cardinals and they didn’t let him down. The only discomfort that Gillespie may have had was a sore arm from waving his runners around third base. Osceola defeated Prescott 17-3. Now the challenge is to put the win in the rear view mirror and get ready for the next contest.
“Offensively the girls were seeing the ball well and making good decisions,” Gillespie said. “We hit well throughout the lineup and stepped up when we had runners on base which was an area we needed to improve at.”
Osceola banged out 17 hits in 33 at-bats for a lofty .515 team batting average for the game. It was a total team effort as 11 different Chieftains got into the hitting column. Osceola was led by Mikayla Quigley’s three hits, with Hayley Palmsteen, Jam Dannenmueller, Ashlyn Getschel and Courtney Miller all adding a pair of hits. Palmsteen was the team leader with three RBIs and Quigley scored three times to lead in that category.
“I think we were able to hit well because we communicate so well as a team,” Getschel said in explaining the Chieftain hit parade. “We support and believe in each other. We make sure to cheer for one another which reflects in our hitting. We give our 200 percent not to just the game but also practice. As long as we all keep our positive attitudes we can continue to succeed.”
Osceola opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning, a solo in the second, two more in the third and sealed the deal with eight in the fourth. The Chieftains added four more runs in the fifth for good measure.
It wasn’t just good hitting but the pitching was equally impressive for Osceola. Skyler Samples pitched a complete game giving up just two hits and three runs. All of the Prescott runs came in the last inning. Samples walked four and struck out seven.
“Skylar Samples pitched an excellent game for us,” Gillespie noted. “Her hard work in the off season has been evident and is paying off for us as a team. She kept the ball down and let her teammates make plays behind her. Great effort on her part.”
The win ups Osceola’s Middle Border conference record to 3-6. The Chieftains will try to build on this momentum with three home games this week.