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Zimmel dominates Madison in Osakis win

Osakis’ Ky Zimmel, shown here pitching during the Class A title game at Target Field in 2013, has started two games in the Legion playoffs this summer and gotten two wins with a combined 23 strikeouts. (File photo/Echo Press)

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 and Doug Zimmel. Osakis, ranked fourth in those same Division II 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.

Madison had back-to-back doubles in the fourth to score its first run and led 2-1 after the top of the fifth when Zimmel suffered his only hiccup of the game. He hit a batter with two outs, gave up a hit and walked two more as Madison took the lead. Other than that half inning, he cruised through a talented Madison team.

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.

“Ky was really the one who led us tonight and that’s what you need from your older, experienced guys,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “This time of year your best players have to be your best in order to win. I still feel we have not played our best yet.”

Osakis answered that run by Madison in the fifth with three of its own in the bottom of the inning. Zimmel provided one of the biggest hits of the night as well as he delivered a go-ahead two-RBI single in that inning to give Osakis a lead it didn’t relinquish.

Drew Fearing had a big game at the plate with three hits, including two triples. He scored twice. Frederick added an RBI double, while 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 were scheduled to play New London-Spicer last night, Thursday. 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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