Indians claim first district title in program history
School of the Osage made history on Saturday afternoon.
The Indians took on Marshfield for the Class 3 District 10 championship in Bolivar and went on to claim the first district title in program history with a 9-4 win over the Blue Jays. Osage trailed twice early through the first four innings, but powered back with five runs in the fifth and three more runs in the sixth to essentially put the game away.
Marshfield took an early 1-0 lead in the first and stayed ahead until Osage's Skyler Smith tied it up with an RBI single in the third. Marshfield regained the lead with another run in the fourth, but the Indian bats soon came to life.
Maddie Arrowood found a way to get on with a walk that was followed up by a double from Smith. Then, Arianna Neal's single tied the game back up and Kerrigan Gamm added another run with a single on a full count to make it 3-2. Paige Luttrell walked to load the bases up for Aly Baker and Baker came through with a clutch two-out double that cleared the bases and tacked on three more runs to give the Indians a 6-2 lead.
Marshfield answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Osage was not done scoring yet as Smith put up her third hit of the night with a double, Neal was hit by a pitch and Payton Good smacked a three-run shot to left-center to create the final margin.
With plenty of run support and a capable defense behind her, Smith answered the call on the mound once again as the pitcher threw a complete game allowing six hits while striking out eight batters in her seven innings of work.
Osage (13-10) will look to advance to the state quarterfinals when the Indians visit a high-powered Sullivan team that is 26-2 on the year Wednesday night at 5 p.m.