LPGE takes battle of unbeatens
The Osakis baseball team was unable to capitalize on a chance to take control of the Prairie Conference in a home doubleheader on Thursday against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
Both teams had undefeated records heading into the games, but victories for LPGE in the first game 6-5 and in the second 11-5 guaranteed a conference championship for the Thunder and handed Osakis its first two losses.
“It’s a good learning experience,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “Obviously you don’t like to lose but I’d rather it be now than next week.”
Osakis built an early 3-0 lead in game one thanks in part to a first-inning Jordan Frederick two-run home run.
“I was just looking to get a hit and he threw it right there for me, so I took it,” Frederick said.
In the first three innings, Frederick held the Thunder bats scoreless with only three hits. But LPGE was able to make adjustments at the plate and came back to tie the game with three runs in the fifth inning.
In the seventh inning, the Thunder used four hits to knock in three runs and take a 6-3 lead.
The Silverstreaks threatened in the bottom of the seventh. A single, two walks, a hit batter and an error allowed Osakis to score two runs and load the bases, but LPGE was able to end the threat before the Silverstreaks could find a way to tie the game.
Frederick got the start and took his first loss of the season in game one.
“I felt good when I was throwing,” Frederick said. “Obviously, there was a couple of situations when I did something I probably shouldn’t have. I had good defense behind me, just a few errors which maybe could have changed the game, but we played our hearts out.”
LPGE TAKES CONTROL
The Thunder came out slugging in the second game of the doubleheader, taking an early 7-0 lead in the first inning.
LPGE used five hits to score seven runs in the inning against starter Lane Berberich.
The lopsided inning was uncharacteristic for Berberich, who usually is capable of slowing down the offense of opposing teams. He felt that all of his pitches were working as usual heading into the game.
“I felt completely fine, my curveball was there,” Berberich said. “They were just crushing it.”
Osakis responded by scoring runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings, but LPGE continued to add to its lead and keep the game out of reach.
Schmidt said the first game was the one that Osakis needed to win in order to split the series, but four errors made that difficult.
“I just felt that was the game we needed to win to just kind of settle us down because we really haven’t been battle tested, to be honest with you,” Schmidt said. “Now we kind of know what we have coming to us next week.”
The Section 6AA playoffs are scheduled to start on Thursday with seedings not yet out by the time this issue of The Osakis Review went to print. Osakis is still a confident group heading into the playoffs despite a couple losses to a good LPGE team.
“The ability is there, we have very good baseball players, we have very good kids,” Schmidt said. “That’s not going to change just because we lose a couple of games.”
LPGE 000 030 3 – 6 10 1
OSAKIS 300 000 2 – 5 10 4
OSAKIS PITCHING – Jordan Frederick – 7IP, 4ER, 6R, 9H, 7K, 1BB
OSAKIS OFFENSE – Lane Berberich – 1-3, HBP, 2 runs; Drew Fearing – 1-4; Jordan Frederick – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, run, HBP; Brandon Giesler – 1-3, BB, run; Michael Herringshaw – 3-4, ; Cody DeWenter – 1-2, RBI, SAC, BB; Jeff Piekarski – 0-3; Tyler Spanswick – 0-1; Jarrett Weispfennig – 1-3; Hunter Scherr – 1-2, BB, run
OSAKIS 021 101 0 – 5 6 3
LPGE 710 030 – 11 9 1
OSAKIS OFFENSE – Lane Berberich – 2/3IP, 6ER, 7R, 5H, 3BB; Michael Herringshaw – 5 1/3IP, 4ER, 4R, 5H, 2BB, 1K
OSAKIS OFFENSE – Lane Berberich – 3-3, 2B, HBP, 2 runs, 1 RBI; Drew Fearing – 0-3, RBI; Jordan Frederick – 0-4, 2 RBIs; Brandon Giesler – 0-4; Michael Herringshaw – 1-4, 2 runs; Cody DeWenter – 1-2, HBP, BB, run; Jarrett Weispfennig – 0-2, RBI, BB; Tyler Spanswick – 1-3; Hunter Scherr – 0-2, BB; Jesse Sorensen – 0-1; Clayton Niehoff – 0-1