A day after a pitchers’ duel lasted 11 innings before a 3-2 game was finally won for Albany over Osakis, the Silverstreaks won a much different game against Sauk Centre in St. Cloud.
The end result is Osakis is still alive to play another day in the Section 6AA Tournament. Defense and pitching were at a premium on Thursday against Albany, but it was the offenses that broke out on Friday. The Silverstreaks fell behind 6-0 after giving up six unearned runs in the top of the first but rallied to win a 14-10 game.
“Tonight’s game was a stark contrast to our game the night before,” Osakis head coach Shad Schmidt said. “Baseball is such a crazy game. We knew both teams had their pitching taxed and it was going to come down to who could put up some zeros. We were able to do that tonight and come out on top. We felt good that our lone senior that is able to play would give us a chance and Logan (Hartshorn) did that.”
Hartshorn has spent a lot more time behind the plate catching this season than on the mound, but he took the ball in a must-win situation against Sauk Centre. Hartshorn threw the first four innings and walked two, hit three batters and scattered seven hits, but he struck out six. He allowed 10 runs, but all of them were unearned before Mason Moore threw the final three frames and did not allow a run.
“I think tonight was the most proud I have been of this team,” Schmidt said. “We did not have the energy. We were tired and had a lot of sore arms. All those things would have been excuses in the past to shut down after giving up six unearned runs in the top of the first.”
Osakis responded to that poor start with seven runs of its own in the bottom of the first inning to take a one-run lead. Sauk Centre got four more unearned runs in the top of the third, but again the Silverstreaks answered, this time with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Moore had the big hit that frame with a double that scored Carter Rost and Hunter Infanger.
There were big games from up and down the Osakis lineup. Rost was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, three runs and an RBI. Luke Imdieke doubled twice as part of a three-hit day where he scored three times and drove in two. Senior Isaac Froemming was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and four RBIs.
“What I am proud of is they did not quit, they kept fighting and gutted this one out,” Schmidt said. “It was also huge for us to answer back both times they had their big innings.”
After three playoff games in three days, the Silverstreaks will have a chance to refresh. They have the weekend off before another elimination game on Monday back in St. Cloud at Faber Field. Osakis will take on second-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral with a 5 p.m. first pitch. The Crusaders are 16-5 and coming off a 4-1 loss to Pierz.
OSAKIS 14, SAUK CENTRE 10
OSAKIS PITCHING - Logan Hartshorn - W, 4IP, 7H, 10R, 0ER, 2BB, 3HB, 6SO; Mason Moore - 3IP, 0H, 0ER, 3BB, 1HB, 5SO
OSAKIS OFFENSE - Carter Rost - 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, 3 runs, 2 SB, 1 RBI; Hunter Infanger - 1-2, 2 BB, 1 run, Sac., SB, RBI; Luke Imdieke - 3-4, 2 2B, SB, HBP, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Logan Hartshorn - 1-4, HBP, 2 runs, RBI; Luke Staloch - 0-4; Moore - 1-4, 2B, Sac., 1 run, 2 RBI; Isaac Froemming - 3-5, 2B, 1 run, 4 RBI; Waylon Muenzhuber - 0-1, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 2 runs; Bauer Klimek - 2-5, 1 run, RBI