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Osakis Legion still going despite injuries to key players in Zimmel and Berberich

The Osakis Legion baseball team has been playing for the playoffs all summer with a next-guy-up approach and that will have to continue this week at the District 7 Final Four.

Osakis secured its spot in the final four by beating Ashby-Brandon-Evansville in a 12-0 game on Saturday and downing Morris 2-0 last Thursday. That came despite an injury to second baseman Lane Berberich that will end his playoffs after he separated his shoulder.

Osakis has rallied behind injured Doug Zimmel and now Berberich by leaving no doubt about which team was the best in the North half of the district with the win over A-B-E in Wheaton.

“I felt it was important for us to have a good start to the game today and set the tone,” Osakis coach Shad Schmidt said. “The guys really were patient in the first inning and were able to draw some walks, get some hits and take advantage of their mistakes.”

Michael Herringshaw stepped into the leadoff spot in Berberich’s absence against A-B-E and had three hits. Two of those came in the first inning as he doubled to lead things off and added a two-run single his second time up in a seven-run opening frame for Osakis.

That was plenty of support for Jordan Frederick. He went all five innings and allowed just two hits while fanning five.

Osakis had to overcome the letdown of losing Berberich and persevere for a win against Morris last Thursday. He led off the first inning with a walk in that game.

Berberich is a threat to steal a base every time he reaches and Morris knew that as they kept a close eye on him at first. He dived back into first base and separated his shoulder on a pick-off attempt that was thrown by the catcher. It was a tough blow for Osakis, but Ky Zimmel helped make sure they got a win by throwing a complete-game shutout.

Jarrett Weispfennig came in for Berberich and scored with two outs in that first inning when Herringshaw got a base hit. The only other run came in the fourth when Cody DeWenter led off with a hit, was bunted to second by Brady Berberich and later scored on a Weispfennig single.

That was enough offense for Zimmel. He dominated Morris by allowing just two hits and striking out 12 with one walk.

Osakis was scheduled to take on the state’s third-ranked team in Division II in Madison last night, Tuesday, in Montevideo. Osakis is ranked fourth in those same polls with BOLD ranked first and also there.

GAME STATISTICS

A-B-E 000 00 – 0

OSAKIS 703 2X – 12

OSAKIS PITCHING – Frederick – W, 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE – Herringshaw – 2 1B, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Weispfennig – 1B, 1 run; Fearing – HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs, BB; Frederick – 1B, 1 run; Giesler – 1B, 1 run; DeWenter – 1B, BB, 1 run, RBI; B. Berberich – BB, 2 runs; Hunter Scherr – 2 1B, 1 run, 2 RBI; K. Zimmel – BB, RBI, 1 run

MORRIS 000 000 0 – 0

OSAKIS 100 100 X – 2

OSAKIS PITCHING – K. Zimmel – W, 7IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 12SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE – L. Berberich – BB; Weispfennig – 1B, RBI, 1 run; Fearing – 3B; Frederick – 1B; DeWenter – 1B, 1 run; B. Berberich – Sac; Herringshaw – 1B, RBI

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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