Hawks shut out twice to end season
Solid pitching doesn't put runs on the board, as much as the Osakis Hawks amateur baseball team wishes it did.
The Hawks' season ended this past weekend after being shut out 1-0 by Alexandria on Saturday and 4-0 by Pelican Rapids on Sunday.
Saturday's contest against Alex was a pitchers' duel all the way. Two players toed the rubber — for Osakis, Derek Waldvogel, who hadn't pitched since May, and for the Sox, Mitch Thompson, who played college ball at Iowa Western. In the 51 outs recorded in the game, 25 were strikeouts.
The lone run was scored in the bottom of the fourth inning when Toby Helgeson ripped a one-out double and scored on a Shawn Krueger single.
For the Osakis offense, the Hawks had more broken bats than hits. They managed just three base runners prior to the eighth inning. Brandon Giesler walked in the third inning, and Kiler Zimmel walked in the first and reached on a strikeout in the seventh.
Thompson's no-hit bid was broken up with an infield single from Ryan Pietruszewski with two outs in the eighth. Brady Berberich followed with a single of his own, but Lane Berberich flied out to end the threat.
In the complete game shutout, Thompson allowed no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out 16.
Waldvogel kept the Hawks in the game by allowing just one run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter while tallying nine strikeouts.
On Sunday against Pelican Rapids, Osakis left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning and it looked like the team-wide slump was over. L. Berberich was hit by a pitch with one out, Doug Zimmel singled and Giesler walked to fill the bases. With two out, Zach Weir hit a hard drive to center field, but it was caught to end the inning.
After that, the Hawks only managed to get one more runner in scoring position.
Jan-Erik Lindberg was on the hill for the Lakers. He didn't allow a run in nine innings of work, scattering four singles, a walk and a hit batter while striking out eight.
Pitching through a knee injury, K. Zimmel was perfect through 4 1/3 innings and had a no-hitter through 5 1/3, but it wasn't until the seventh and eighth that Pelican Rapids was able to take advantage of a couple hits, walks and Osakis outfield miscues to score four runs and take the win.
Zimmel had seven strikeouts, all coming before the seventh inning, and allowed four runs on five hits and five walks.
The Hawks season ended with a record of 11-4.