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Osakis Legion baseball: Zimmel, Frederick shine in shutouts

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The Osakis Legion baseball team got back on track after a loss to the Alexandria VFW II team by playing the way this team knows how to play in 10-0 and 9-0 wins over Urbank-Parkers Prairie and New London-Spicer, respectively.

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Osakis went to a couple experienced guys on the mound and neither disappointed. Jordan Frederick was dominant in a five-inning one-hitter against Urbank-Parkers Prairie. He struck out nine and walked just one in the win.

"I thought Parkers Prairie would be more of a challenge," head coach Gerry Hoelscher said. "But he just makes hitters look like that. With the stuff that Jordan has, he's also pretty cerebral, too. He's very commanding on the mound, very intimidating. He doesn't fear many hitters."

Frederick's win came a day after Doug Zimmel posted a shutout against New London-Spicer. His team needed him to step up after using up all their arms in the weekend tournament, and Zimmel did that with a complete-game performance. He allowed just two hits and three walks, while striking out four.

"He's such a smart pitcher," Hoelscher said. "He's got batters hitting it off their hands, weak fly balls. He's not overpowering where he strikes out a lot of guys, but nobody hits him hard because he's moving in and out, up and down."

Osakis scored 10 runs on just seven hits in the win against Urbank-Parkers Prairie. Frederick and Fearing were each 2-for-3.

"We did other things well," Hoelscher said. "Not just one or two guys, but the whole team. Not only being aggressive but our guys are stealing bases when they have opportunities without us giving signs. I like that, that guys have confidence in their base running and are willing to take a base when they're giving it to us."

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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