Osburn leads SV past Highlanders

April 3, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley could have looked past Monday’s game with Huntington High to Tuesday’s game at Hurricane, but instead used the contest as a tuneup.

Bryn Osburn hit two home runs, drove in four and was the winning pitcher as the Timberwolves (8-5) defeated the Highlanders 14-3 in high school softball on Highlander Mountaintop. The senior right-hander struck out three in two innings, allowed no hits and one unearned run before giving way to Megan Rohr, who pitched the third inning. At the plate, Osburn went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the third.

“Against Hurricane, we have to play tough and play together like we did today,” Osburn said.

After starting the season 2-3, Hurricane has won 11 in a row. The defending Class AAA state champion is coming off a Sluggerfest Tournament title in Ona when it outscored opponents 66-14.

“It’s a big game,” Spring Valley coach Scott Adkins said of taking on the Redskins. “Very much so. They’re playing really well and I hope it’s a good game.”

Riley Shirkey, the Timberwolves shortstop and lead-off hitter, went 1-for-1 with a triple, one RBI, a walk, a hit by pitch, one stolen base and three runs scored Monday. She said Hurricane presents a challenge.

“We have to play smart, eliminate errors and make plays,” Shirkey said.

Errors were a huge factor Monday, as Huntington High (3-8) made four, including two in the first inning when Spring Valley scored three runs. The Timberwolves added two runs in the second inning and nine in the third when they sent 13 batters to the plate.

Spring Valley finished with 13 hits.

“We started hitting the ball,” Adkins said. “We’ve been struggling hitting the ball.”

Osburn said she simply put bat on ball and let it fall where it landed, which twice was over the fence, once in left field, the other in center. As for her performance in the circle, she said her off-speed stuff worked well.

“My curve and my drop were working,” Osburn said. “My drop was really working well.”

Grace Allen went 3-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Kelsey Huffman was 2-for-2 and combined with Jenna Christopher for three singles out of the seventh spot in the batting order.

The victory was Spring Valley’s second over Huntington High by mercy rule this season. On March 19, the Timberwolves defeated the Highlanders 9-0.