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Legion baseball: Osakis offense rolls in 14-1 rout

The Osakis legion baseball team celebrates with handshakes and high-fives after a 14-1 win over Brandon-Evansville-West Central Area in Evansville on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)1 / 3
Osakis' Carter Rost turns and throws to first base during a 14-1 win over Brandon-Evansville-West Central Area in Evansville on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)2 / 3
Brandon-Evansville-West Central Area's Brandon Merritt delivers a pitch in the first inning Thursday against Osakis in Evansville. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)3 / 3

The Osakis legion baseball team ran a hit parade through Brandon-Evansville-West Central Area on Thursday.

Four runs in the second inning was only foreshadowing of what was to come throughout the night, as Osakis clubbed 17 hits and stormed away with a 14-1 victory in Evansville.

“We haven’t hit well the last few games, so for the guys to get four runs, get a big lead like that early, it just made them relaxed,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “We just got the momentum going for us and got the guys excited, got the dugout alive. I think that was really what got it going.”

It all started in the second inning, when Carter Rost scored from second base on an Isaac Froemming sacrifice bunt. Mason Moore and Jarret Seela piled on RBI hits in the frame, as well, to make for a 4-0 game after an inning and a half.

“One guy kept getting a hit, and we were all just excited,” said Rost. “There were people almost running on the field, we were so pumped up.”

Osakis (2-2) put up another four-spot in the fifth, as Rost and Reid DeWenter capped the rally with RBI hits that went for extra bases. One more run crossed in the sixth, as Rost knocked in Hunter Infanger on a double.

“That’s the big thing: Not only getting the lead early, but continuing it throughout the game. Never taking the foot off the gas pedal and continuing to have good at bats,” coach Infanger said. “The guys stayed really disciplined throughout the whole game and allowed us to continue that offense throughout the night.”

Osakis had one more big inning left in the tank, as five runs crossed the plate in the top of the seventh. Rost doubled in Logan Hartshorn -- Rost’s third straight inning with an RBI extra-base hit -- and DeWenter brought him around on an RBI single one batter later for a lopsided 14-0 game.

Brandon-Evansville-West Central Area finally scratched across one run in the bottom of the seventh on a double steal, but it didn’t keep Osakis from taking the comfortable 14-1 win.

In all, every Osakis starter either scored a run or knocked one in, which made possible 14 in the run column and 17 in the hit column.

“That’s what you’re looking for. I don’t think you ever want to be reliant on one or two guys,” coach Infanger said. “When you have a lineup that can hit one through nine, and everybody can be productive, you’re never down because you know the next guy can get that hit (behind you).”

“Usually when a team’s hot, it isn’t just one game. They’re usually hitting for a couple games in a row,” Rost added. “We’ve been struggling probably since our first round of playoffs (during the high school season). But now it just hit us. I think we’ll be on a roll now.”

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Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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