The Osakis Hawks baseball team saw their summer season come to an end this past weekend after a couple of close losses in the Region 16C Tournament in Pelican Rapids.
Osakis fell in a 5-3 game to Sauk Centre on Saturday night. That put the Hawks into a must-win situation on Sunday in the double-elimination tournament. They ran into the Long Prairie Predators in a game where Long Prairie road the pitching of Trent Johnson to secure a 4-1 win and knock Osakis from the playoffs.
Derek Waldvogel threw 7 2/3 solid innings against the Predators before Doug Zimmel finished the final 1 1/3 innings on the mound. Waldvogel put up five straight zeroes before Long Prairie got a leadoff single from Mitch Heid in the sixth. Heid later came around to score the first run to make it a 1-0 game.
The Predators added two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth. The biggest blow to Osakis’ hopes came on a two-run home run from Zach Miller after Joey Gaida doubled in the seventh with one out. The Hawks’ lone run came in the eighth when Ky Zimmel scored after leading off the inning with a walk.
Osakis fell behind early against Sauk Centre on Saturday and could never quite recover. It was 3-0 after two frames, and Derek Holm of the Titans set an early tone in that game with a solo home run to lead off the game. Sauk Centre added two more runs in the fifth, and it was 5-0 before the Hawks tried to mount a rally.
Osakis scored all three of its runs in the seventh inning. Drew Fearing led off the inning with a double before Ky Zimmel singled and Doug Zimmel hit a home run. Sauk Centre thwarted any further comeback efforts by striking out the side in the eighth and getting a fly out to shortstop for the final out of the game with one man on in the ninth.
Ky Zimmel threw 4 1/3 innings on Saturday before Chad Zimmel worked the final 4 2/3 frames. Fearing had three hits against the Titans for an Osakis offense that was otherwise kept in check by Sauk Centre’s Dylan Haskamp.
The Osakis Hawks had another winning summer as they went 12-3 overall. That included winning a Resorters League regular-season title with an 11-1 mark.