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Osakis takes home consolation championship at Legion state tournament

The Osakis Legion baseball team won the consolation championship at the Division II state tournament on Saturday after beating International Falls 6-2 in the final of three games this weekend.

Osakis got to that point after beating Dilworth 4-3 in 10 innings in their first game on Saturday.

Osakis fell victim to a walk-off hit in losing game one to Foley on Friday. That came even though they outhit Foley as Jordan Frederick allowed just three hits in the game.

Osakis didn't dwell on that on Saturday. Instead, they returned the favor to Dilworth in the bottom of the 10th. Brandon Giesler led off the inning with a single before Cody DeWenter bunted him to second. Doug Zimmel followed with a walk. That brought Michael Herringshaw to the plate two batters later with two outs and the winning run still on second. Herringshaw squared up a pitch and sent a hard-hit ground ball to third that bounced off the third baseman's shoulder and behind the short stop. Giesler kept running from second base and scored the winning run to keep Osakis' season alive.

Ky Zimmel went nine innings and struck out eight. He walked six but allowed just four hits on his way to a no-decision after Dilworth put up three runs. Drew Fearing threw the final inning for the win, allowing one hit and a walk, but getting out of the top of the 10th unscathed.

The consolation championship against International Falls didn't need the late-game dramatics. Osakis scored two runs each in the first and second innings and never relinquished that lead. Doug Zimmel helped add a couple insurance runs in the fifth with a squeeze bunt that scored two runs when Ky Zimmel kept running from second and scored after International Falls didn't pay attention to him rounding third.

Fearing got his second win of the day by going all seven innings. He allowed just the two runs on seven hit and no walks. He struck out five. Jordan Frederick also went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Osakis went into the weekend hoping to bring home a state title, but this group will go out with a couple wins to end the season and a 19-2 record overall.

"It was definitely tough to lose on a walkoff in a game where we outplayed Foley," head coach Shad Schmidt said. "The guys could have been down, but they bounced back. We played the early game and to go 10 innings like that and get a win. Then we had to sit and wait to see who we would play most of the rest of the day. We were kind of tired, but the guys came out and were excited to play their last game together."

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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