Sports roundup from Monday, June 30
BLUE ANCHORS BASEBALL
Willmar 6, Alexandria 5
The Willmar Stingers wrapped up the North Division first-half title on Monday night as they secured a 6-5 win over Alexandria to move to 22-8 on the season.
The two teams were tied at four apiece going to the 10th inning when the Stingers scored two runs to take a lead. Alexandria answered with a run when Rickey Sanchez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, but Cam Duzenack flew out to center field for the final out of the game.
Kevin Walsh took the loss for the Blue Anchors after allowing the two runs on four hits in the 10th inning. Graylon Brown threw three one-hit innings in relief of starter Spencer Koopmans. Koopmans went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Kris Goodman had three hits and two runs scored to lead the Alexandria offense. Roman Collins went 2-for-5, while Dalton Leuschke doubled and walked two times.
The Blue Anchors finished the first half of the season with the second most losses in the league at 9-25. Duluth was last in the North Division with a 9-27 record.
Alexandria and the rest of the league will start fresh on Wednesday when the second half of the season opens up. The Blue Anchors will welcome in Thunder Bay for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch to open the second half.
Osakis 12, Wheaton 2
The Osakis Legion baseball team is getting healthy and that could mean bad things for a lot of its opponents.
Lane Berberich was back from a shoulder injury that he reinjured in the high school section playoffs as he helped Osakis to a 12-2 win over Wheaton in five innings on Monday.
Berberich started on the mound and went all five frames for the win. He allowed the two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six. Osakis (6-0) was still without a couple regulars, but guys continued to step up to help the team stay unbeaten this summer.
“Once again the guys played well with some players absent tonight,” coach Shad Schmidt said. “Lane made his debut in Legion this summer after his injury from high school play and pitched well. Drew [Fearing] and Brandon [Giesler] were gone but our guys stepped up and played well. It will be nice if we can get a full team at a game once as it will give us some options at different spots and give us a deeper batting lineup.”
Jordan Frederick, Brady Berberich and Ky Zimmel each had two hits to lead the offense. Zimmel had three runs, an RBI and three stolen bases. Frederick doubled, had two runs and three RBIs and Berberich scored twice and drove in two.
“Despite all the injuries and guys missing games at times we keep finding ways to win games,” Schmidt said. “Our offense has been relentless this summer so far.”
Osakis will now put its unbeaten record on the line against some bigger cities at the Alexandria Fourth of July Tournament this weekend. They open up with a noon game on Friday against Worthington. Osakis will then take on Glenwood-Lowry at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and against Oakdale at noon.
Osakis 12, Wheaton 2 (F/5 innings)
OSAKIS PITCHING – L. Berberich – W, 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 6SO
OSAKIS OFFENSE – L. Berberich – BB, SB, 1 run; Frederick – 1B, 2B, SB, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Cody DeWenter – 2B, 1 run, RBI; B. Berberich – 2 1B, BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Jarrett Weispfennig – 1B, HBP, 1 run; Jeff Piekarski – 2 HBP, BB, 1 run; Reid DeWenter – HBP, 1 run; K. Zimmel – 2 1B, 3 runs, 3 SB, RBI