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Section 5A baseball: Pitching powers Osakis to wins

The Osakis baseball team got a couple of dominant pitching performances on its way to two wins in the first two rounds of the Section 5A tournament.

Ky Zimmel was a big part of that as the senior went the distance in a 5-0 win over St. John's Prep on Tuesday night. He also was one of four Osakis pitchers who combined to toss a three-hitter in an 8-1 win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the section opener last Friday.

Zimmel had everything going against Prairie Conference foe St. John's Prep on Tuesday. He allowed just four hits and two walks, while striking out seven in the shutout.

His offense gave him three runs to work with after the first inning. Drew Fearing had an RBI triple in the inning and Doug Zimmel added an RBI single before he came around to score himself on two Johnnies' errors.

Fearing finished the night 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs after he drove in Jordan Frederick with a double in the fourth. Doug Zimmel added two hits, a walk and two RBIs, while Frederick scored twice.

Ky Zimmel led the offense with three RBIs in the win over ACGC last Friday. Doug Zimmel reached four times on a hit and three walks and Fearing had two hits, including a double, and two runs scored.

Frederick, K. Zimmel, D. Zimmel and Lane Berberich combined to shut down the Falcon's lineup all night. Frederick got the start and struck out four in three innings.

The two wins kept Osakis going in the winner's bracket. The Silverstreaks were scheduled to play Upsala-Swanville Area on Wednesday night. A win would move them to the section semifinals at Faber Field in St. Cloud next Monday night at 7.


Osakis 5, SJP 0

OSAKIS PITCHING - K. Zimmel - W, 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 7SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE - Berberich - 0-3, BB, 1 run; Frederick - 0-4, 2 runs; K. Zimmel - 0-4; Fearing - 3-3, 2B, 3B, 1 run, 2 RBI; D. Zimmel - 2-2, BB, 1 run, 2 RBI; Hunter Scherr - 1-2, BB; Grayson Fortenberry - 0-3; Michael Herringshaw - 0-3; Brandon Giesler - 0-1, BB

Osakis 8, ACGC 1

OSAKIS PITCHING - Frederick - W, 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 4SO; K. Zimmel - 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3SO; D. Zimmel - 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO; Berberich - 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE - Fearing - 2-4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; K. Zimmel - 2-3, BB, 3 RBI; D. Zimmel - 1-1, 3 BB, 2 runs, RBI; Frederick - 1-4, 2 runs; Scherr - 2-3, 1 run; Giesler - 1-3; Fortenberry - 0-2, BB, RBI; Berberich - 0-3, 1 run; Austin Rollag - 0-3; John Piekarski - BB; Herringshaw - 0-1

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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