Some self-inflicted wounds prove costly for Osage in its Monday night regular season finale with Southern Boone.

Some self-inflicted wounds prove costly for Osage in its Monday night regular season finale with Southern Boone.

The Eagles were able to score their first five runs in unearned fashion, taking advantage of eight total errors in an 8-2 win over the Indians. Take away those miscues and the differential is not so stark, but it is all part of the learning process for a team that features just one single senior. In fact, 18 of the 22 players listed on the team’s roster are underclassmen in their freshman or sophomore season.

“We knew this year we’d have some growing pains. There are some things we are going to have to work through as we head into not only districts, but as we look towards the future as well,” Osage coach David Flaspohler said. “I was impressed with that sixth inning where we put together three hits and were able to tack on two runs. It has been that ‘M.O.’ (method of operation) all year where if we are not taking care of the ball, then that is how things go.”

Before Monday night’s contest, Osage had racked up 65 total errors in 18 games, averaging 3.6 per outing.

Staring at a 5-0 deficit, the Osage bats started to come alive in the sixth when sophomore Carly Ward smacked in two runs with a 2-RBI double. However, any hope of a rally was put to rest by Southern Boone pitcher Camryn Schaller who finished the night with 15 strikeouts while allowing just five hits and two walks. Retiring batters via strikeout for 15 of the 21 outs, including the fourth and fifth inning where the Eagles hurler struck out the side, is a tough challenge for any offense to overcome.

“Hats off to their pitcher because 15 ‘K’s’ (strikeouts) is pretty impressive,” Flaspohler said.

“We tried to lay off the high (pitches) and really tried to sit on her changeup.”

Osage entered the game hitting .283 as a team averaging 7.4 hits and 5.5 runs per contest. It just did not come together Monday night. Ward was in the circle for Osage and allowed 10 hits while striking out five.

The night may not have went exactly as Osage would have liked, but there were still plenty of smiles for Senior Night festivities as the program took some time to honor its lone senior in Sierra Bishop.

“Her smile is really what our team kind of feeds off of,” Flaspohler said of the senior who invested three years in the program. “It has been a pleasure having her for the three years we did and I wish her nothing but the best of luck.”

Osage ends the regular season 11-13 and 2-5 in the Tri-County Conference. Now, the team turns its attention to the postseason where the Indians will face Salem (19-4) in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 10 Tournament in Bolivar. First pitch is scheduled for Thursday night at 6 p.m., as Osage fights to keep its season alive and earn a trip to the district championship game.

“Just focus on the things we can control,” Flaspohler said of the next three days. “A lot of things happened in this game and previous games that were out of our control that we kind of let creep into what we do on a daily basis. Go into the game with a mindset of taking care of the small things first and everything else is going to be fine.”