Sports roundup from Saturday, July 19
RESORTERS BASEBALL LEAGUE
WEST DIVISION PLAYOFFS
Brandon-Evansville 8, Osakis 7 (F/10 innings)
The Osakis and Brandon-Evansville Resorters baseball teams needed 10 innings to decide who would take the last Region 16C tournament berth before Nate Meissner sent the Bluedogs home as walk-off winners.
Meissner came up in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded a delivered a game-winning single off of Osakis’ Ky Zimmel. Zimmel took the loss in 1 2/3 innings of relief after Derek Waldvogel went the first 8 2/3 frames for the Hawks.
Osakis had taken a 7-6 lead in the top of the 10th inning. A few Bluedogs errors and a Ben Anderson single helped push that run across. Anderson had a big day at the plate with four hits, a walk and two runs scored.
The Hawks were one out away from wrapping up a region bid. Zimmel induced a 5-3 groundout for the second out of the 10th inning, but a walk, a hit batter and two singles allowed Brandon-Evansville to rally.
The Bluedogs will now face Urbank-Parkers Prairie today at 2 p.m. in Urbank with region seeding on the line. Brandon-Evansville would have to win twice to win the Resorters West tournament championship, while the Bombers need to win just once.
RESORTERS EAST PLAYOFFS
The Carlos Cougars beat Sauk Centre 12-7 on Saturday and Long Prairie beat Alexandria 6-3 to set up a match-up between the Cougars and the Predators with a Region 14C berth on the line today.
Carlos and Long Prairie will play in Carlos at 3 p.m. with Alexandria taking on Sauk Centre at Knute Nelson Ballpark at 7 p.m. tonight. The winner of that one stays alive with the loser’s season ending.
Osakis 12, Ashby-Brandon-Evansville 0
Osakis left no doubt in the District 7 North championship game by scoring seven runs in the first inning against Ashby-Brandon-Evansville on Saturday.
The 12-0 win for Osakis cements its spot in the District’s Final Four that starts on Tuesday in Montevideo.
Michael Herringshaw had another big game for Osakis, this time taking over for the injured Lane Berberich in the leadoff spot. Herringshaw had three hits on Saturday, including two in the first inning. He doubled to lead off the game and had a two-RBI single when he came up again that frame. Osakis scored three more runs in the third and two in the fourth to wrap things up in five innings by the 10-run rule.
“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. Jordan [Frederick] was his usual self. We played good defense behind him and offensively we did a great job running the bases today.”
Osakis had 10 hits in the game and got production from up and down the lineup. Drew Fearing had a three-run home run and scored two runs. Hunter Scherr had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored, while Jarrett Weispfennig, Frederick, Brandon Giesler and Cody DeWenter all added a hit. Ky Zimmel walked, scored and drove in a run, while Brady Berberich walked and scored twice.
Frederick allowed just two hits and walked nobody in shutting out A-B-E for the second time this season. He struck out five.
BLUE ANCHORS BASEBALL
Alexandria 6, Duluth 5
The Alexandria Blue Anchors used a four-run first inning on Saturday to secure a 6-5 win over Duluth that moved them to 5-13 in the second half.
Dalton Leuschke provided the big hit for Alexandria with a three-run home run in the opening frame. Jordan Lee also homered for the Blue Anchors in the game as they broke out of an offensive slump for at least one night with 12 hits and the six runs.
Kris Goodman, Craig Nennig, Lee and Jake Bergren all had two hits apiece. Spencer Koopmans got the win on the mound by going five innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out two.
Duluth and Alexandria will play again today with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch and Knute Nelson Ballpark.