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Osakis Legion wins opener at District Final Four

The Osakis Legion baseball team continues to find ways to win despite injuries after picking up perhaps its most impressive win of the summer on Tuesday night in the District 7 Final Four in Montevideo.

Osakis took on Division II’s third ranked team in Madison to open up the Final Four and came away with a 4-2 win despite being without leadoff hitter Lane Berberich. Osakis, ranked fourth in those same polls, proved once again the kind of depth this group has by moving on through the winner’s bracket.

Ky Zimmel was a big part of that. He got the start and stymied the Madison offense to the tune of 11 strikeouts in six innings pitched. Zimmel allowed just the two earned runs after Madison got single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. He scattered just four hits and three walks.

It was a 1-1 game entering the fifth inning before Osakis scored three runs to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Madison got a run of its own in the fifth, but Zimmel shut the door in the sixth before Jordan Frederick got the save in the seventh by getting two of the three outs on strikeouts.

Drew Fearing had a big game at the plate with three hits, including two triples. He scored twice. Frederick added an RBI double, while Zimmel helped himself out with a hit and two RBIs. Michael Herringshaw also continued his strong run through the playoffs with a hit, an RBI and a run scored.

Osakis put itself in a good spot with the win. They are scheduled to play New London-Spicer on Thursday at 7:45 p.m. in Montevideo. A win there would mean Osakis would have to win just once on Saturday to advance to the state tournament. Whatever team advances through the loser’s bracket would have to win twice.


OSAKIS         001 030 0 – 4

MADISON     000 110 0 – 1

OSAKIS PITCHING – Zimmel – W, 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 11SO; Frederick – S, 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE – Herringshaw – 1B, RBI, 1 run; Fearing – 1B, 2 3B, 2 runs; Frederick – 2B, RBI; Zimmel – 1B, 2 RBI; Brandon Giesler – 1B; Jarrett Weispfennig – 1B, BB; Brady Berberich – BB, 1 run; Hunter Scherr – BB

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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