Hollister High School had to wait until Thursday to play its softball season opener.
It was worth the wait.
The Lady Tigers claimed a 9-5 victory over Omaha, Arkansas, in a game played at Ballparks of America in Branson.
KK Thomas earned the pitching victory, and she added a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Maddy Frenzel had three hits and scored twice, and Kalee Bekemeier had two hits and three RBIs.
After scheduled games at Forsyth on Monday and at home against Conway on Tuesday, Hollister is scheduled to play in the Mt. Vernon Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
C OF O BASEBALL
The Bobcats split a weekend series with Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kansas, sweeping a Friday doubleheader before losing two games on Saturday.
C of O won Friday’s games by scores of 7-6 and 10-9, then lost Saturday’s games 9-4 and 4-3.
Jacob Karlson had two hits, scored three runs and drove in two in Friday’s opener, with Dylan Heitz adding two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs, and Jay Kaufman had two hits and drove in a pair.
The Bobcats scored three first-inning runs and never trailed, with Bryce Burtless going the distance and shutting down a Kansas Wesleyan rally in the seventh inning.
Burtless struck out six and gave up eight hits in the victory.
Karlson put on an offensive showcase in Friday’s second game, going 5-for-5 with four runs scored, six RBIs, a double and two home runs.
C of O scored four seventh-inning runs to claim the victory, with Karlson’s RBI double and J.D. Payne’s two-run double the big blows in the inning.
Heitz had three hits and an RBI, Chad Reusch added two hits and Payne finished with two hits and two RBIs. Osmund Sindland got the win in relief of Langdon Simkins, with Kaufman working the seventh for the save.
The Bobcats struggled on Saturday, with six errors, three wild pitches and five hit batsman in the opener.
Kaufman and Reusch had two hits each for C of O.
In Saturday’s nightcap, Kansas Wesleyan scored three unearned runs in the 4-3 victory. The Bobcats rallied in the seventh, scoring a run when Tyler Whiteis doubled and scored on a Reusch groundout.
Karlson delivered a two-out single, but was stranded to end the game.
Kaufman went the distance on the mound for C of O, giving up five hits and one earned run.
The Bobcats (22-16) will be back in action Friday and Saturday, with doubleheaders against Southwestern Assemblies of God in Waxahachie, Texas.
Five area players will hit the basketball court for one last time as high schoolers, at the SWMO Basketball All-Star Games on April 8 at Lebanon High School.
On the boys’ side, Reeds Spring’s Lane Carroll and Logen Plumb will play for the Central Ozark Conference team in a game against all-stars from the Ozark Conference.
Forsyth’s Micaiah Rocha and Anthony Stanford will play for the West team in the East vs. West game.
The East-West game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start, and the OC-COC game will follow at 7 p.m.
The girls’ action will feature a 3:30 p.m. game between the OC and COC all-stars. The COC team includes Branson senior Lauren Garrison.
The festivities begin with a girls’ East-West game to start at 2 p.m. In between the girls’ games and boys’ games, a dunk contest and 3-point competition will be held at 5 p.m.