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Osakis Legion baseball wins opener

Ky Zimmel threw during the Class A state title game for the Silverstreaks at Target Field. Zimmel picked up right where he left off from his high school season by tossing a three-hitter in the Legion baseball opener. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

The Osakis Legion baseball team got its summer off on the right foot with a 4-1 win over Eden Valley-Watkins last Wednesday night.

Osakis played a lot like it did all school season to earn the win. Ky Zimmel gave his team a great pitching performance. The defense was solid and timely hitting turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 win.

All four of those runs came in the sixth innings from the bottom of the Osakis batting order. Cody DeWenter came up with runners at first and third and missed on a suicide squeeze attempt that got the lead runner picked off in a rundown.

DeWenter didn't dwell on a missed opportunity for long. He came back and delivered an RBI base hit to left-center field to tie the game at one apiece.

"I was real proud of him," head coach Gerry Hoelscher said. "I wasn't too pleased that he missed the suicide squeeze, but that he recovered from that miscue to drive in a run. I thought that was a real good at-bat."

DeWenter, a sophomore this past school year, played third base on Wednesday as Hoelscher tries to get him ready for a bigger role on the high school team next spring. Brandon Giesler moved behind the plate against Eden Valley-Watkins to prepare him for expanded catching duties after the loss of Doug Zimmel to graduation.

Hoelscher was pleased with what he saw from a group of guys who he hopes to prepare for expanded roles next spring. Clayton Niehoff, a sophomore this past season, had a good at-bat against Eden Valley-Watkins as he drew a walk with the bases loaded to drive in a run. Hunter Scherr also had a big hit with a two-RBI single that helped secure the win.

"Our six, seven, eight hitters drove in four runs for us," Hoelscher said. "So that was really nice."

That was more than enough to get the win for Ky Zimmel. He picked up right where he left off this spring by mowing down the Eden Valley-Watkins lineup and scattering just three hits. Zimmel struck out eight and walked nobody. His team needed that kind of performance as the hits from DeWenter and Scherr were the only ones Osakis collected all night.

Osakis hosted its home tournament this past weekend. Those games took place after this issue of the Osakis Review went to print because of the 4th of July holiday. Osakis will travel to Evansville this Friday for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch against Brandon-Evansville before welcoming in Hancock at the same time next Monday.


Osakis 4, EV-Watkins 1

OSAKIS PITCHING - Ky Zimmel - W, 7IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE - Scherr - 1B, 2 RBI; DeWenter - 1B, RBI; Niehoff - BB, RBI


June 26 EV-Watkins at Osakis, 6:30 p.m.

June 28 Brandon at Osakis Tourney, 4 p.m.

June 29 LP at Osakis Tourney, 8:30 a.m.

June 29 Alex VFW II at Osakis Tourney, 3 p.m.

July 1 NL-Spicer at Osakis, 6:30 p.m.

July 2 at Urbank vs. Parkers Prairie, 6:30 p.m.

July 5 at Brandon, 6:30 p.m.

July 8 Hancock at Osakis, 6:30 p.m.

July 9 at Morris, 6:30 p.m.

July 15 Pigtail game for sub-district at high seed

July 18 1st round of sub-district at top seed

July 20-22 Sub-district playoffs at Osakis

July 23-28 District playoffs at Montevideo

August 1-3 State playoffs at Bird Island

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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