Osakis Legion baseball: Herringshaw leads the way over Wheaton in 17-3 win
It took a couple innings for the Osakis Legion baseball team to get going offensively on Tuesday, but once they did, Wheaton didn't have an answer.
Osakis dominated in a 17-3 win that ended after five innings in the opening round of the District 7 North playoffs. It was a 1-0 game after two innings before Osakis sent 12 men to the plate in the third and scored seven runs. They added nine more in the fourth as they sent 13 guys to the plate to secure an easy win.
"I felt we kind of started a little slow offensively, having to make the adjustments to pitchers," head coach Shad Schmidt said. "Then they did. The guys really got going and took advantage of some of their mistakes. That's what you have to do at this time of year."
Michael Herringshaw was one player who didn't need much time to warm up. He was perfect at the plate after going 4-for-4 with two triples, four runs scored and three RBIs.
"I felt comfortable," Herringshaw said. "I've just been working on going the other way before I came to the game because I was rolling over to that left side. I think that worked for me."
Herringshaw put the exclamation point on Osakis' win in the fourth inning. Osakis had already scored five runs in the inning when he came up with the bases loaded and connected for a bases-clearing triple that went all the way to the fence. It was the second straight at-bat where he showed off some of his speed by legging out a triple on a ball to the gap.
"Michael does a good job of not over-swinging,” Schmidt said. “He's always taking what's given to him and he works really hard at batting. He's always working with his brother and his dad. It's really nice having him back. He hasn't played much because of injury, but I really felt if he's playing we're a better team, and he really showed that tonight."
Herringshaw was hardly alone in having a big night offensively for Osakis. They showed off the kind of depth that has made this group so strong over the last few years as every player in the starting lineup scored on Tuesday.
Lane Berberich had three RBIs on a hit and a walk. Brandon Giesler had a single and a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Brady Berberich added two hits, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Hunter Scherr had a two-RBI double and two runs scored from the ninth spot in the lineup.
About the only thing that didn't go right for Osakis so far this week is the news that Doug Zimmel will have to be out at least two more weeks with his hand still in a cast after having a doctor’s appointment on Monday. Osakis would have loved to have him back in time for the playoffs, but this team has showed it has the depth to make up for injuries all summer on its way to a 12-1 record so far.
"It would be nice to have Douglas back but we can't do nothing about it,” Giesler said. “We made the adjustments. Younger guys are starting to pick it up like Jarrett [Weispfennig] and Brady Berberich. They're doing a really nice job. Maybe Douglas will come back in two weeks and we'll be full. We just gotta make it work."
Giesler has been catching a strong pitching staff all summer led by ace Jordan Frederick. Frederick was on his game again on Tuesday as he threw the first three innings to get the win. He didn't allow a hit as he fanned five and retired all nine guys he faced.
Lane Berberich worked the final two innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks. He struck out two.
It was a good start to the postseason for an Osakis team that has lofty expectations this summer. They will be back in action on Thursday before playing in Wheaton this weekend as they try to secure their spot in the final four between both halves of the district.