BASEBALL: Osakis clinches Prairie Conference title in split with Tigers
The Osakis baseball team locked up some Prairie Conference history during Tuesday's doubleheader split at Browerville/Eagle Valley.
"We are back-to-back conference champions for the first time in 21 years," Silverstreaks head coach Shad Schmidt said. "I have said this before but in this conference for baseball, anyone can beat anyone on any given day. It's a competitive conference for baseball and it's never easy to win."
Osakis (12-5) stayed undefeated in Prairie Conference play with a 4-3 win in game one, but suffered a 20-8 loss in game two to move to 9-1.
The Silverstreaks opened the scoring in game one, seizing a 1-0 lead in the first when Luke Imdieke scored on a wild pitch. The Tigers (7-6) drew level on an RBI double in the bottom half of the frame, but Osakis took back the one-run lead with a sacrifice fly in the third.
The score held until the sixth, when Imdieke knocked a two-RBI hit up the middle for a 4-1 game. Browerville/Eagle Valley threatened to tie during its last-ups in the bottom of the sixth, but Hunter Infanger threw out the tying run at the plate for the final out, clinching the 4-3 win.
"It was good to secure that first game to win the conference outright and get that off our minds and over with," said Schmidt. "Hunter pitched a great game for us and Carter (Rost) came in to save it."
Imdieke finished the game 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and stolen bases, while Infanger fanned three over the first four innings to pick up the win from the mound.
But the finale fared less favorably for the Silverstreaks.
Osakis jumped ahead in the first through RBI hits from Logan Hartshorn and Rost. They doubled up in the second with another two runs—as Hartshorn scored a pair on a two-out hit for a 4-0 advantage—and two more scored in the third on an Isaac Froemming two-run home run.
The wheels fell off in the fourth, however. The Tigers hung a 20-spot through 14 walks, two hit batters, one error and three hits.
"The wheels fell off (there) in the fourth and we couldn't recover," Schmidt said. "For whatever reason we had a mental block and could not throw strikes. I have never seen or been a part of anything like that before."
The Silverstreaks scored once in each the fourth and the fifth, but they couldn't recover from the fourth-inning nightmare to avoid the 20-8 loss.
"It was disappointing no doubt, but we have to move on and look at the positives," Schmidt said. "We met one of our goals of winning the Prairie Conference."
Hartshorn went 3-3 at the plate with three RBIs in the finale, while Rost went 3-for-4 and Froemming 2-for-3, each knocking in a pair.
Osakis will close the regular season at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Minnewaska Area.
OSAKIS 101 002 - 4
B/EV 100 002 - 3
OSAKIS PITCHING: Hunter Infanger - W, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO; Carter Rost - S, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.
OSAKIS OFFENSE: Luke Imdieke - 1-3, 1 run, 2 RBI, 2 SB; Carter Rost - RBI, BB; Carter Grove 1-3, 1 run, SB; Mason Moore - 1-3, 1 run; Reid DeWenter - 1-1, BB, SB.
B/EV 000 (20)0 - 20
OSAKIS 222 11 - 8
OSAKIS PITCHING: Luke Imdieke - 3 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO; Reid DeWenter - L, 0+ IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO; Logan Hartshorn - 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO; Mason Moore - 0+ IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB; Isaac Froemming - 0+ IP, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 HBP.
OSAKIS OFFENSE: Logan Hartshorn - 3-3, 3 RBI, 1 run; Carter Rost - 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 run, 2 SB; Isaac Froemming - 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 1 run; Luke Imdieke 1-3, 3 runs, 2 SB, BB.