Monday night’s West Central sub-state Legion baseball tournament did not go the way Osakis had planned.
After falling to Breckenridge 2-1 on Saturday, Osakis had to beat the top-seed twice to advance to the Legion state tournament this weekend. Five errors in the field cost them that chance.
“It’s hard to say what happened,” head coach Bill Infanger said. “They got a few guys on. We made an error. Then we made another error. Then it just got away from us.”
Osakis fell to Breckenridge 6-0 on Monday night. The game was supposed to take place on Sunday, but the rain pushed it one day ahead. The extra period of rest allowed Breckenridge’s top pitcher to start the game on the mound.
“We knew they had a good arm on the mound, but we couldn’t get a big hit,” Infanger said. “It’s something to work on for the varsity season in the future.
All six ruins came in the first two innings. Hunter Infanger started on the mound and gave up only two hits, but four-errors hindered Osakis and ended its summer season.
Osakis had a chance to cut the lead in the top of the third inning. After Mason Moore and Hunter Infanger reached on hits, Luke Imdieke walked to load the bases. However, Carter Rost struck out to end Osakis’ best chance to score.
After the first two innings, Infanger and relief pitcher Luke Staloch didn’t allow a hit. Osakis outhit Breckenridge 3-2 but was unable to score a run.
“It was discouraging for us to give up those four runs in the first inning,” Infanger said. “That was not how this game was supposed to go for us. For us to come out on top, this game wasn't going to be written with us starting like that. But we settled in and held them scoreless. It’s just not the way we wanted this summer to end.”
The Legion season may have come to a close, but Osakis did something that many teams don’t do. Without any graduated seniors on the roster, they had two months of game-experience with its 2020 varsity lineup.
“There are some pros and cons to not have any older guys on the team,” Infanger said. “We didn’t have a lot of depth and some kids were put into positions that they haven’t been in before. That’s what summer baseball is about for us. We developed pitching and figured out what we need to work on to put the best team that we can put on the field next spring.”