Sports roundup from Thursday, July 17
Osakis 2, Morris 0
The Osakis Legion baseball team advanced to the District 7 North final through the winner’s bracket but had another injury blow with Lane Berberich suffering another separated shoulder.
Berberich led off the first inning with a walk. He’s a threat to steal a base every time he reaches and Morris knew that as they kept a close eye on him at first. Berberich 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 to lose its leadoff hitter, but Ky Zimmel helped make sure they got a win by throwing a complete-game shutout.
“After losing Lane with another separated shoulder in his first at-bat the team emotionally got down,” coach Shad Schmidt said. “Thankfully, Jarrett [Weispfennig] came in for Lane and was able to score to give us a little boost. Ky pitched one heck of a game and won this game for us when our offense was struggling to make solid contact.”
Weispfennig scored with two outs in that first inning when Michael 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. Morris’ only real threat came in the seventh when they got a double with one out before reaching third on a passed ball. Zimmel settled in from there, striking out the next two guys he faced. Osakis needed a big pitching performance and that’s exactly what the team got from Zimmel.
“For whatever reason we just did not adjust well to average pitching and hit a lot of ground balls tonight,” Schmidt said. “As I often say, good teams find ways to win ball games and once again these guys did just that. We definitely have to get our offense going if we want to make a run this next week because the completion is only going to get better, and it is going to be more difficult without Lane in our lineup.”
Osakis’ next game is against Ashby-Brandon-Evansville on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Wheaton in the District 7 North championship. A-B-E advanced to that game by beating Clinton 15-4 in six innings on Tuesday night.
Alexandria 12, Fergus Falls 2 (Game two); Alexandria 15, Fergus Falls 1 (Game one)
The Alexandria Legion Post 87 baseball team is making it look easy in most of its games right now as they beat Fergus Falls 12-2 and 15-1 on Thursday night.
The wins were Alexandria’s fourth straight and improved this team to 22-9 on the summer. Post 87’s next home game is Monday night when Willmar comes to town for a nine-inning league game to wrap up the regular season.
BLUE ANCHORS BASEBALL
Waterloo 6, Alexandria 1
The offensive struggles for Alexandria continue to plague the Blue Anchors as they had just five hits in a 6-1 loss to Waterloo on Thursday night.
Alexandria scored its only run in the first inning when Jordan Lee drove in Kris Goodman with an RBI-single.
Waterloo’s Cody Sedlock took control from there. He got the win by going six innings, scattering the five hits and two walks and striking out seven.
Blue Anchor’s all-star Andrew Thome lasted just 3 1/3 innings in the loss. He allowed four hits and four walks. Thome gave up two runs and struck out two.
Goodman had two of Alexandria’s five hits to lead the offense. Lee had a hit and two walks.
These two teams will play against tonight in Waterloo with a 7:05 first pitch scheduled.