Baseball: Osakis win over SJP secures outright Prairie Conference title
The Osakis baseball team locked up sole possession of the Prairie Conference title on Tuesday with a 17-1 win over St. John’s Prep in five innings.
“Really proud of the fact that boys went out today and left no doubt that they wanted to wrap up the conference title,” Osakis head coach Shad Schmidt said. “It’s not easy to win conference championships in our conference because history has proven that anyone can beat anyone on any given day.”
The Streaks offense was led by multiple-hit efforts from Brady Berberich, Hunter Infanger, Zach Weir, Jeff Piekarski and Reid DeWenter.
The pitching was shared among DeWenter, Isaac Infanger and Isaac Froemming. Combined, they allowed one run on four hits and five walks while striking out six Johnnies hitters.
The Streaks scored four in the first inning, 10 in the second and three in the third to take a 17-0 lead before SJP (1-11, 0-10 PC, 0-6 6AA) picked up its run in the bottom of the third.
Berberich, a senior, went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks, two runs batted in and three runs scored, while DeWenter went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored and H. Infanger went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
“I feel like this one is a little extra special just because of how young we are,” said Schmidt. “On most days, we’re starting four freshmen and two sophomores against most teams that are loaded with upperclassmen.
“We have a lot left to do to improve. We’re a good team, but not yet a great team. I’m really happy for our seniors to get the conference title because they stood up in front of the team on day one and told them their number one goal was to win the conference.”
The victory improved the team’s record to 11-5 overall, 8-2 in the Prairie Conference and 7-4 in Section 6AA play heading into Thursday’s matchup against Pierz.
OSAKIS 4(10)3 00X X – 17
SJP 001 00X X – 1
OSAKIS PITCHING – Reid DeWenter - 2IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 2K; Isaac Infanger - 2IP, 1ER, 2H, 3BB, 3K; Isaac Froemming - 1IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K
OSAKIS OFFENSE - Brady Berberich - 2-2, 2 2B, 3 runs, 2 BB, 2 RBI; Hunter Infanger - 3-4, 3 runs, 4 RBI; Logan Hartshorn - 1-2, 2 runs; Zach Weir - 2-4, SB, 1 run, RBI; Carter Rost - 1-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Jeff Piekarski - 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI; DeWenter - 3-3, 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Jarret Seela - 0-2; Luke Imdieke - 1-3, 1 run, 3 RBI; Riley Werven - 0-1, SB; Glenn Seela - 0-1; Luke Staloch - 0-1; Owen Rajdl - BB; Nate Hirte - 0-1; Mason Moore - 0-1