Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Things started to fizzle

Softball team drops 3-of-4 games despite early leads

A win in the first game of a doubleheader with South O'Brien was a promising start to the final week of the softball season. But Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn would then lose the next three games to fall to 12-13 overall.

A six-run lead in the first game on June 26 at Paullina provided H-M-S with enough of a margin to defeat South O'Brien, 7-5.

The Hawks struck for four runs in the first inning. Gracie Knobloch walked to drive in the first run, Abby Kunzman drove in a run on a fielder's choice and Delaney Murphy hit a two-run single. Murphy also drove in H-M-S's run in the third inning with a single....