The Osakis Hawks played a lot of baseball this past weekend.
After a 16-inning loss on the road Saturday night to Urbank-Parkers Prairie, the Hawks bounced back with an explosive win on Sunday.
Osakis took down Long Prairie 13-8 behind a big day at the plate.
“We had the wind blowing out, so that’s always a hitter’s advantage,” player/coach Doug Zimmel said. “The bats came alive, and we fed off each other. I don’t think there’s a free out in this lineup right now.”
The Hawks blew the game wide open in the bottom of the first after Luke Imdieke drove in two runs with a double. Doug Zimmel scored Imdieke with an RBI single before Ky Zimmel hit a two-run home run. All of Osakis’ scoring came with two outs.
“That one felt great,” Ky Zimmel said of his home run. “The three guys in front of me tattooed the ball, so I felt comfortable going up there. I saw one down the middle that looked big and slow. It’s what we needed after a tough loss (Saturday) night.”
Drew Fearing drove in a run with a single before Imdieke had his second RBI double in two innings. Doug Zimmel capped off the bottom of the second with an RBI single to put the Hawks up 9-0.
Long Prairie started to mount a comeback with a three-run fourth inning. Zachery Miller drove in a pair with a double before Kyle Petermeier cut Osakis’ lead to six.
Osakis responded in the bottom of the fifth. Jason Schueler knocked in a run with a double before Imdieke and Doug Zimmel regained the nine-run lead with a pair of RBI singles.
Ky Zimmel threw six innings in Saturday’s loss to the Bombers, but when he woke up on Sunday, he said he felt good to go. Not only did he drive in runs at the plate, but he threw five innings to start the game and earned the win.
“It’s good to know there’s a lot of arms behind me because we usually have only two or three pitchers,” Ky said. “The arm is going to be a little sore tomorrow, but I feel better this summer than I have in the past. We have six guys to turn to, and that depth is going to be big for us. I think we are really flexible.”
Doug Zimmel is happy with the production his lineup has had through its 4-1 start, but he knows that he can’t take opponents lightly. That was evident in the final two innings when the Predators put five runs on the board and were threatening to score more.
Tim Zastrow drove in the eighth run of the game with a sacrifice fly, but the final out of the game came at first base when Imdieke doubled-up the predators with a throw from centerfield. Even in a win, Osakis saw how fast Long Prairie could make things interesting.
“They have a good lineup top to bottom. I think they’re going to be a tough out come playoff time,” Doug Zimmel said. “There aren’t free wins at this point with only one game left. There’s other good teams like Sauk Centre, Alexandria and, of course, Urbank-(Parkers Prairie). It’ll be a battle.”
The Hawks lost to the Bombers 2-1 on Saturday night in a summertime classic. In the fifth inning, it looked as if Osakis had taken the lead on a play at the plate, but a call the Hawks questioned went the Bombers’ way.
“Stuff like that happens in baseball,” Doug Zimmel said. “The guy missed a tag by about three feet, but he’s human. We had chances to win that game and couldn’t pull it out.”
Urbank-Parkers Prairie pitcher Levi Arnold stole the show with his 11-inning pitching performance. Hunter Haggenmiller was also key on the mound for the Bombers before Hunter Arnold delivered a walk-off single to win the game in the bottom of the 16th.
“It was a lot of fun, which is why we play,” Doug Zimmel said. “For it being 16 innings, it was a quick one. I think the first nine ended in an hour and a half. I’m glad the boys picked it back up today to get a win on the weekend heading into our last game.”
Osakis hosts Alexandria in the regular-season finale on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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SCORING- FIRST INNING- Osakis- Luke Imdieke 2RBI 2B, Doug Zimmel RBI 1B, Kai Zimmel 2-run HR; SECOND INNING- Osakis- Drew Fearing RBI 1B, Lane Berberich scores on WP, Imdieke RBI 2B, D. Zimmel RBI 1B; FOURTH INNING- Long Prairie- Zachery Miller 2RBI 2B, Kyle Petermeier RBI 1B; FIFTH INNING- Osakis- Jason Schueler RBI 1B, Imdieke RBI 1B, Zimmel RBI 1B; EIGHTH INNING- Long Prairie- Duane Miller solo HR, Tim Zastrow RBI 1B, Z. Miller RBI 1B; Osakis- Mason Moore RBI1B; NINTH INNING- D. Miller RBI 1B, Zastrow RBI sac fly