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Streaks shock Lakers in the seventh

The Osakis baseball team had a little more magic left and it led to a 3-2 win over Minnewaska on Monday night that kept the Silverstreaks’ season alive.

Osakis was down 2-0 after six innings before rallying for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win in walk-off fashion. Brandon Giesler and Cody DeWenter led off the final inning with singles before a sacrifice bunt by Jarrett Weispfennig and a walk by freshman Brady Berberich loaded the bases.

That knocked Minnewaska’s Riley Thompson from the game for Austin VerSteeg. Ninth-place hitter Hunter Scherr greeted him with a single that scored Giesler to make it a 2-1 game. That brought the top of the order up for Osakis as Lane Berberich delivered an infield single in the hole between short and third that scored the tying run.

Senior shortstop Drew Fearing, hitting .439 on the season, was up next. He quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count. On the third pitch he saw, Fearing got hit on the arm with a curveball that moved Osakis on to the semifinals of the 6AA tournament.

“As I often say, good teams find ways to win and we did that again today,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “In the bottom of the seventh, our game plan worked perfectly as we prepared the kids before that inning as to what we wanted to do and they came through. The guys just never gave up or never thought they couldn’t win.”

Jordan Frederick got the start for Osakis and finished with a complete-game victory. The senior ace struck out 10 and allowed two earned runs in the third inning on a VerSteeg two-run double. Frederick put up zeroes after that and scattered just five hits on the night.

The Silverstreaks eventually got to Thompson offensively. Lane Berberich upped his average to a team-leading .459 with two hits, including a double, and had a steal for his 31st stolen base of the season. DeWenter also had two hits.

Osakis 3, Minnewaska 2

OSAKIS PITCHING – Frederick – W, 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10SO

OSAKIS OFFENSE – Fearing – HBP, RBI; L. Berberich – 2B, 1B, SB, RBI; Scherr – 1B, RBI; Weispfennig – Sac; B. Berberich – 1B, 1 run; DeWenter – 2 1B, 1 run; Giesler – 1B, 1 run

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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