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Resorters baseball: Carlos hands Osakis its first loss

Carlos pitcher Mark Hillesheim throws a pitch to Osakis leadoff hitter Todd Berberich during Saturday's Resorters League baseball game. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Carlos Cougars baseball team handed the Osakis Hawks their first loss of the season on Saturday night in an 8-0 game in the Resorters League.

Derek Waldvogel of Osakis and Mark Hillesheim of Carlos matched each other pitch for pitch through five scoreless innings. Carlos eventually got to Waldvotel in the sixth inning on the way to six runs in the frame.

The Cougars sent 11 men to the plate. Matt Hoelscher drove in the game's first run on an infield single. It was part of a four-hit night for the Osakis assistant baseball coach and head boys' basketball coach, who was playing against a lot of athletes he has coached in recent years.

"Osakis is a good team with the young talent that they have," Hoelscher said. "It's fun for me coaching a lot of these guys, seeing how much they have progressed over the years and coming back and facing good pitching and seeing them put the ball in play and the plays that they make in the field. It's fun on both ends for me to play against guys you coach and then to come out and beat a good team like they are."

The base hit by Hoelscher that got the sixth inning going for Carlos was just the beginning. Aaron Noetzelman was next up with the bases loaded and delivered a sharp single to left field to drive in two more runs. Neil Jenzen also had a two-run single in the inning as the Cougars drove Waldvogel from the game.

"The bats have been a little bit slow this year," Noetzelman said. "I kind of had a feeling that we were going to get it going here. I know we had a couple first and second with nobody out and couldn't execute bunts. Once we did, we got the ball rolling and hitting is contagious on our team."

The Hawks couldn't get much going against Hillesheim. He got the win by throwing six solid innings. Hillesheim allowed just four hits. He struck out the side in the fifth inning and fanned six in all.

The 8-0 win came after a 9-0 win over Sauk Centre the night before where AJ Anderson and Jay Schueler combined for a five-hit shutout.

"Pitchers had a great weekend," Noetzelman said. "Didn't give up a run the whole weekend, so that's huge."

The Pitching has been solid for the Cougars all season as they have posted a team ERA of 1.72. Hillesheim has been one of the catalyst with a team-high 23 innings pitched and a 1.96 ERA and 27 strikeouts. Anderson has logged the second most innings with 19 strikeout in 16 innings and a 2.25 ERA. That has helped the Cougars to a 5-3 record as they try to chase another Resorters East title.

The Hawks fell to 5-1 with the loss after already beating Millerville 2-0 earlier on Saturday afternoon. Osakis is right there at the top of the Resorters West this season, along with an always competitive Brandon-Evansville team.

"We've kept the damage to a minimum this year," Osakis player and coach Chad Zimmel said. "This was the first one where we made the big mistakes.

Read more about both these teams in this week's issues of the Osakis Review and Echo Press.

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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