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Baseball: Resorters, Countryside teams set to battle for Region 16C title

Osakis shortstop Lane Berberich charges a ball during Sunday's 5-1 win over Ashby in Resorters League Baseball action on July 9. Berberich and the Hawks open up region tournament play this Sunday at 7 p.m. in Ashby. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)1 / 2
Zach Weir charges a ball in right field during a game against Ashby on July 9. Weir and the Hawks finished the season 10-2 overall to take the third seed into the region tournament. (Eric Morken | Osakis Review)2 / 2

A new-look playoff format for Resorters Baseball teams will get started this Saturday as 12 teams battle for a Region 16C championship.

Prior years saw Resorters League teams play a league playoff to determine which teams would make the region tournament. This year's format features the Resorters and Countryside League joining forces to form a full region tournament to determine which two teams make the state tournament.

The top four seeds from the Countryside League are the Fergus Falls Hurricanes (1), Dent Wildcats (2), Pelican Rapids Lakers (3) and Frazee Flames (4). Kensington won a play-in game against Ashby to earn the eighth seed in the tournament among Resorters teams. Urbank-Parkers Prairie is the top seed from the league after winning a West Division regular season title. Alexandria is the second seed after winning the East.

Osakis is the third seed out of the Resorters League, while Long Prairie sits at fourth. Sauk Centre is fifth, Carlos sixth and Millerville is the seventh seed.

The Region 16C Tournament is being played in Ashby and Urbank, with the full opening round starting on Saturday. A full slate of games will take place in Ashby starting at 11 a.m. with Long Prairie taking on Frazee. Sauk Centre plays Carlos at 2 p.m. Pelican Rapids takes on Millerville at 5 and Dent versus Kensington wraps up play for the day with an 8 p.m. first pitch. The losers of those games drop into the bottom half of the bracket in the double-elimination format.

The winners advance into Sunday's winner's bracket quarterfinals. Urbank-Parkers Prairie hosts a 1 p.m. game against the winner of Long Prairie and Frazee. In Ashby, Fergus Falls will begin play against the winner of Sauk Centre and Carlos at 1 p.m. Alexandria will take on the winner of Pelican Rapids and Millerville at 4 and Osakis will battle the winner of Dent and Kensington at 7.

The region tournament will resume on Aug. 5 and 6. The championship game is set for Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. in Ashby.

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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