Osakis Silverstreak baseball team improves to 7-5Osakis picked up wins over Eagle Valley, Parkers Prairie and Royalton
The Osakis baseball team exploded in an 18-7 win over Eagle Valley last Monday night.
Nine different players had at least one hit for Osakis as the Silverstreaks broke a three-game losing streak. Jordan Frederick set the tone with a leadoff double to open the game. That led to a 10-run first inning that was aided by eight walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch. Doug Zimmel had a two-run single in the inning, as well.
“Nice to pick up a win to end our little skid we were on and get a conference win,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “It was good to see Brandon Giesler get his first career varsity action and pick up the win on the mound.”
Giesler went 2 2/3 innings to earn the win on the mound. The freshman allowed a solo home run but gave up just one other hit. Grayson Fortenberry went the first 2 1/3 innings and allowed six runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out three.
Frederick, Zimmel and Lane Berberich all had two hits apiece to lead the offense. Berberich’s day included a double, two walks, three RBIs and four runs scored. Drew Fearing added a double to go along with three RBIs, two walks and four runs scored.
“Bats are waking up a little,” Schmidt said. “But we still need to find consistency throughout games and from game to game. We can do a better job focusing on each play and picking up our intensity.”
The Silverstreaks were scheduled for four more games this week. They were at West Central Area on Monday and home against Kimball on Tuesday. Osakis was then set to go to St. John’s Prep tomorrow, Thursday, before heading to Browerville on Friday.
Osakis 18, Eagle Valley 7 F/6
OSAKIS PITCHING – Fortenberry – 2 1/3IP, 5H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 3SO; Giesler – W, 2 2/3IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER; Berberich – 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER
OSAKIS HITTING – Frederick – 2 hits, 2B, BB, 1 run; Fearing – 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 4 runs; Zimmel – 2 hits, 2 RBI; Berberich – 2 hits, 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 4 runs; Kyle Swenstad – 1 hit, RBI; Mitch Herzog – 1 hit, RBI; Hunter Scherr – 1 hit; Jordan Mack – 1 hit, 2 RBI; Fortenberry – 1 hit, RBI
Osakis 4, Royalton 0
A 6-4-3 double play with one out and a runner on highlighted the defensive effort put forth by Osakis in its 4-0 shutout of Royalton Tuesday in Prairie Conference baseball.
“[Drew] Fearing dove for a ground ball up the middle behind second base,” said head coach Shad Schmidt. “He came up with the ball and flipped it with his glove to [Lane] Berberich, who made a nice turn to first for the double play.”
Schmidt was extremely happy with his team’s performance, which improved his squad’s record in the Prairie Conference to 5-3.
“Probably our best game to date,” he said. “It was a complete game [that] we’ve been looking for.
“Defense was great with no errors, pitching only allowed four hits and only allowed a base-runner to reach second twice.
“We got 11 hits today, just never got the big, timely hit to break the game open,” Schmidt added. “A good team effort; that’s what we need to get on a consistent basis in the second half of the season.”
The Silverstreaks struck early in this game, scoring twice in the opening inning as Jordan Frederick walked with one out, then advanced on a hit by Fearing. The two then executed a double steal that was followed by a double off the bat of Doug Zimmel to score both runners.
A leadoff hit in the third by Zimmel put him on base, where Austin Rollag took his spot to pinch run. Rollag stole second, then came home on a hit by Mitch Herzog.
The final run of the game scored in the sixth as Kyle Swenstad drove Rollag home after Rollag reached on an infield hit before stealing second.
ROYALTON 000 000 0 0-4
OSAKIS 201 001 X 4-11
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Jordan Frederick (WP) 4-1-0-0-0-3; Douglas Zimmel 3-3-0-0-0-0.
HITTING – Doug Zimmel 2 hits, 2 rbi, 1 run; Drew Fearing 2 hits, 1 run, 2 sb; Mitch Herzog 2 hits, 1 rbi; Kyle Swenstad 2 hits, 1 rbi; Lane Berberich 1 hit; Austin Rollag 1 hit; Hunter Scherr 1 hit.
OSAKIS – 6-4 overall, 5-3 Prairie Conference.
NEXT GAME – Friday, May 4, at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 5 p.m.
Osakis 8, PP 2
Osakis won its third straight game of the week last Thursday in an 8-2 victory over Parkers Prairie under the lights in Carlos.
The Silverstreaks used a five-run fourth inning to break open a close game. Doug Zimmel and Mitch Herzog got the big hits of the inning as both delivered two-run singles.
“Fun game to be a part of,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “Being in Carlos under the lights with a big crowd on hand and good team effort made for a great atmosphere. Each guy got to play and got an at-bat. Solid defense, timely hitting and good pitching was what got us the win tonight.”
Herzog started and got the win in five innings of work. His only blemish came in the second inning when the Panthers got a two-out base hit to drive in both their runs. He finished by allowing five hits and just one walk before Hunter Scherr tossed two scoreless innings to close things out.
Zimmel led the offense with two hits, including a double, to go along with three RBIs and two runs scored. Drew Fearing and Kyle Swenstad both added doubles, while Jordan Frederick had two walks and two runs scored.
PARKERS PRAIRIE 020 000 0 – 2
OSAKIS 123 500 0 – 8
OSAKIS PITCHING – Herzog – W, 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 0SO; Scherr – 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 1SO
OSAKIS HITTING – Zimmel – 1B, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Lane Berberich – BB, Sac RBI; Fearing – 2B, 1 run, BB; Herzog – 1B, 2 RBI; Swenstad – 2B, 1 run; Frederick – 2 BB, 2 runs; Grayson Fortenberry – RBI, 1 run; Scherr – 2 BB, 1 run
LPGE 5, Osakis 3
Osakis saw a rally come up short in the seventh inning last Friday as the Silverstreaks were forced to settle for a 3-1 week after falling 5-3 against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
Osakis trailed 5-2 going into the final frame against the Thunder but loaded the bases with nobody out. Doug Zimmel hit a line drive to center that allowed Lane Berberich to score from third.
Long Prairie recorded a big out on the play though, as Jordan Frederick was thrown out at third trying to tag up. Jordan Mack grounded out in the next at-bat as the Silverstreaks lost to the Thunder for the second time this season.
“We started off well and got some early runs that are important,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “But we could not get anything going in the middle innings. We had a great comeback attempt fall short. We never gave up or thought we were out of the game, so that’s always good to see from the guys. We just had a couple miscues that hurt us today that were the difference in the game.”
Jordan Frederick took the loss on the hill after going five innings. He allowed nine hits and four earned runs. He struck out three before Zimmel came on and worked a scoreless sixth inning.
OSAKIS 200 000 1 – 3
LPGE 201 200 X – 5
OSAKIS PITCHING – Frederick – L, 5IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 3SO; Zimmel – 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO
OSAKIS HITTING – Fearing – 1B, 3B, BB, 1 run, RBI; Zimmel – 1B, 2 RBI, 1 Sac.; Berberich – 1B, 2 BB, 2 runs; Frederick – 1B; Joe Roggenbuck – 1B
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Jordan Frederick was named the Prairie Conference athlete of the week in baseball after he went 2-1 in three games pitched, finishing the three conference outings with 21 innings pitched, giving up 22 hits, six runs, four earned runs, while striking out 16 and walking five for a 1.33 ERA.