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Urbank-Parkers Prairie starting pitcher Casey Kowalski delivers a pitch during a Resorters League playoff game against the Osakis Hawks on Sunday. Kowalski picked up a complete game victory in the Bombers' 5-2 win over the Hawks. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)2 / 2

The Urbank-Parker Prairie Resorters baseball team punched its ticket to regions by defeating Osakis 5-2 in the league playoffs on Sunday in Urbank.

The victory ensured that the Bombers will be one of the two Resorters baseball teams playing in the upcoming amateur baseball regional tournament. The second qualifying team will be determined in the Resorters playoff games next weekend.

Hunter Arnold led the Bombers’ offense by going 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs on Sunday. After the game, Arnold described the confidence he has from batting in the ninth spot of the lineup and and having strong hitters in front of him.

“I’m super confident, knowing we have got hitters all around me, too,” Arnold said. “I’m still batting in the nine hole, it doesn’t bother me at all.”

Osakis took the first lead of the game 2-0 in the fourth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Colter Fortenberry and a RBI single by Cory Collins.

But that would be all for the Hawks offense as Bombers starting pitcher Casey Kowalski picked up a complete game victory with just two earned runs.

After the game, Kowalski said he continued to feel stronger on the mound as the innings progressed.

“I was getting a little stiff in the middle innings and they wanted to get a new guy in there,” Kowalski said. “I just said I want to take the ball, take control. The last few innings I felt real strong and just threw strikes.”

The Bombers pushed three runs across in the bottom of the fifth inning to take its first lead of the game 3-2. Arnold drove in two runs with a double in the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Connor Kerr.

Urbank-Parkers Prairie added two more runs in the seventh inning on a home run by Arnold and an RBI single by Joe Snaza, driving in Jered Freudenberg. The 5-2 lead would be more than enough with Kowalski cruising on the mound.

The Bombers defense looked strong in saving a few runs on some diving plays in the late innings of the game Sunday. The Hawks’ felt they played a good game, and the strong defensive plays by the Bombers could have been the difference in the game.

“I thought we played well,” Chad Zimmel said. “They made a lot of nice plays. One inning they had three (plays) to stop us from scoring there.”

Osakis will have another chance to earn a spot in the region tournament next weekend. 

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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