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Osakis Legion: Wrapping up a strong season

Osakis’ Brandon Giesler connects during a game against Glenwood on June 16. Giesler and his teammates went 11-1 during the regular season and earned the top seed in the District 7 North playoffs. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Osakis Legion baseball team finished its regular season with an 11-1 record after two victories on the road last Thursday and earned the top seed in the District 7 North tournament as a result.

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A 4-0 victory over Ashby-Brandon-Evansville and a 14-1 win against West Central Area in a six inning game in Kensington wrapped up the regular season schedule for Osakis.

The team has been very vocal about their goals for this season – to make the state tournament and have the chance to advance to nationals. Head coach Shad Schmidt said they were ready for the district tournament to start last night, Tuesday, after last Thursday’s game.

“We are happy with our regular season, but not satisfied. We have a lot more to accomplish,” Schmidt said.

Jordan Frederick had another strong start on the mound in Osakis’ first game of the evening against A-B-E in Evansville, only allowing one hit and zero runs over five innings with 10 strikeouts. Frederick picked up the win on the mound while Ky Zimmel pitched two innings in relief, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.

Drew Fearing scored Osakis’ first run of the game in the first inning on an error by the shortstop. He reached base after being hit by a pitch and stole second base before scoring the run.

Osakis tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning after Lane Berberich reached on a hit and stole second base. He scored on a pickoff attempt that got away from the third baseman.

Fearing, who reached on an error and moved up on the pickoff attempt, scored on a double off the bat of Frederick. Ky Zimmel followed that with a base hit that drove in the last Osakis run of the game to make it 4-0.

Although the Osakis offense did not have its strongest game, Schmidt said they were able to take advantage of mistakes by A-B-E.

“Pitching and defense were great today. Our offense struggled to get going against slow pitching,” Schmidt said. “We hit a lot of pop ups and fly balls and did not adjust well to waiting for the ball.”

OSAKIS 14, WCA 1

The bats were much stronger a few hours later as Osakis picked up a 14-1 victory over the West Central Area Legion team in Kensington.

“A nice way to end the regular season with running across western Douglas County and picking up a road sweep,” Schmidt said. “The offense really broke out this game.”

Frederick and Fearing each picked up four hits in the game to lead the Osakis offense. Frederick’s four hits included one home run and two doubles as he drove in four RBIs and scored three runs.

Fearing picked up two doubles, driving in two RBIs and scoring three runs.

Lane Berberich started on the mound and went four shutout innings, only allowing one hit. Brandon Giesler pitched one scoreless inning in relief, and Fearing pitched one inning and allowed one unearned run.

“Pitching once again was great,” Schmidt said. “We did make a few errors, which we typically do not do.”

GAME RESULTS

OSAKIS 4, A-B-E 0

OSAKIS PITCHING – Jordan Frederick – W, 5IP, 1H, 0BB, 10SO, 0R; Ky Zimmel – 2IP, 1H, 0BB, 2SO, 0R

OSAKIS OFFENSE – Lane Berberich – 2H, 1R, 1SB; Drew Fearing – 1H, 2R, 1BB, 1SB, 1HBP; Jordan Frederick – 1H, 12B, 1R, 1RBI; Cody DeWenter – 2BB; Brady Berberich – 1BB; Ky Zimmel – 1H, 1RBI; Mike Herringshaw – 1H

OSAKIS 14, WCA 1

OSAKIS PITCHING – Lane Berberich – W, 4IP, 1H, 2SO, 0R; Brandon Giesler – 1IP, 3BB, 1SO, 0R; Drew Fearing – 1IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 2SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE – Lane Berberich – 1H, 2R, 1RBI, 1SB, 1HBP; Drew Fearing – 4H, 2 2Bs; 3R, 2 RBIs; Ky Zimmel – 2H, 1 2B, 1 R; Jordan Frederick – 4H, 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 3R; Brandon Giesler – 2H, 1R, 2 RBIs; Cody DeWenter – 2H, 2R, 2 RBIs; Brady Berberich – 1H, 1R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP; Mike Herringshaw – 3H, 1 2B; 1R, 1 RBI

Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is the sports editor at the Pierce County Herald. Before working at the Herald, Blaze was a sports reporter at the Alexandria Echo Press for one year and 10 months. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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