Tigers finish 7th
For the third time in four years, School of the Osage earned the title of champions at the Versailles Tournament on Saturday.
The Indians started off with a 12-2 win over Dixon, downed Pilot Grove 4-2 and managed to hold on for a 5-4 win over Odessa in the championship game.
The Bulldogs of Odessa opened up a 2-0 lead and led 4-2 through three innings of play. That is when Osage decided to tie the game up in the fourth and put together the game-winning run in the fifth while holding Odessa scoreless the rest of the night.
Osage got its first run of the night after a Carly Ward double was followed with an RBI single from Reese Good in the second inning. The Indians continued to chip away as a Paige Luttrell single was followed by an RBI double from Payton Good in the third.
In the fourth, Kerrigan Gamm and Luttrell put up a pair of singles and Grace Faulkner walked to load the bases. Some plate discipline from Payton led to an RBI walk and Luttrell found home plate on a passed ball. It did not take long to produce the game-winner as Aly Baker got on the base paths with a single, stole second and came home on a deep fly ball from Reese that was scored as an error for Odessa.
Gamm kept Osage ahead in the circle as the pitcher worked a complete game and allowed seven hits while striking out two in seven innings of work.
Meanwhile, Versailles got off to a tough start on its home diamond falling to Iberia 8-4 and Boonville 8-3. However, the Tigers finished on a positive note, taking care of Marshall 14-13 to finish seventh out of eight teams.
In the final matchup of the day, Versailles trailed 3-0 early, but soon added seven runs in the second and did not look back. Marshall tried to answer with six runs in the fifth, but ultimately ran out of outs.
Versailles’ Joscelynn Marriott had a big day at the plate, finishing with three hits and four RBIs to lead the Tiger offense. Maris Ollison added two hits and three RBIs and Madison Lucas-Avey, Analyssa Pence and Hailey Burnett all finished with a hit and RBI while the team put together 13 total hits.
Mariott went all five innings for Versailles, allowing 13 hits and six earned runs while striking out three and walking two batters to pick up the win- despite a night where the team finished with 10 errors.
Osage (13-7, 4-1 Tri-County Conference) was scheduled to visit Richland on Monday before hosting California on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Versailles (3-17, 0-6 Tri-County Conference) was scheduled to take a trip to Warsaw on Monday and will visit Laquey on Thursday at 5 p.m.