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LHS softball plays first sanctioned games



In their first sanctioned game in school history, the Lennox High School softball team sailed to an easy victory over Sioux Falls Christian 13-2 on Thursday, April 13.

The Orioles opened up the game with two runs scored in the first inning. Alicen Oltmanns singled on her first pitch at-bat, bringing Ahleeya Nicola across home plate. Carlee Gabriel advanced to third on the play and was able to steal home for the Orioles second score of the night.

The Orioles tallied five runs in the second inning with Danica VanNingen, Alicen Oltmanns, Madison Buehner, and Nicola both scoring before inning’s end. Buehner, Nicola, and Gabriel each had RBIs in the big inning.

Alicen Oltmanns took the win for Lennox on the mound. The pitcher lasted five innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking zero.

Nicola went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Lennox in hits. Also recording hits in the win were Wallenstein, Alicen Oltmanns, Aleeah Oltmanns, Abbie Wildeboer and VanNingen. Lennox was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Macy Wallenstein had the most chances in the field with seven. Aleeah Oltmanns led the Orioles with six stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 22 stolen bases in the win.

On Friday, Apr. 14 the Orioles hosted West Central but were unable to get their bats going, falling to the Trojans 17-0. West Central scored 11 runs in the third inning to put it out of reach. The game ended after four innings of play.

Alicen Oltmanns started the game on the mound. She allowed eight hits, nine runs and recorded two strikeouts. Wallenstein threw one and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. She allowed five hits, and eight runs and recorded one strike-out.

At bat, Wallenstein had a double in the game.

The Orioles faced off against Beresford on Monday, Apr. 17 and won, 9-7. Lennox scored four runs in the sixth inning. Big bats were led by Buehner, Wallenstein, and Alicen Oltmanns, all driving in runs in the inning.

Oltmanns handled pitching duties, allowing 13 hits and seven runs. She recorded nine strike-outs.

They will host Vermillion on Thursday, Apr. 20. The team travels to Tea on Friday, Apr. 21.

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