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Legion baseball: Osakis makes Hancock pay in 11-1 win

Osakis' Isaac Froemming (right) high-fives head coach Bill Infanger after hitting a two-run triple in the fourth inning of an 11-1 win over Hancock in Osakis on Monday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)1 / 3
Osakis' Mason Moore goes airborne for a throw to first base during an 11-1 win over Hancock in Osakis on Monday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)2 / 3
Osakis' Carter Rost field a bunt and throws to first base during an 11-1 win over Hancock in Osakis on Monday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)3 / 3

It was no fundamental clinic, but the Osakis legion baseball team is just as satisfied with an unorthodox win in Monday’s 11-1 thumping over Hancock in Osakis.

“We take advantage of (mistakes),” said Isaac Froemming. “If they make an error, make sure it hurts. We may get another hit or another walk, but whatever it is, we make sure it hurts.”

Osakis was locked in a tight battle through three innings, mustering a slight 2-1 lead, but a seven-run fourth created all the separation they needed to claim all control.

“It had a feel like it was going to be one of those grind-it-out games,” Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. “(But we) were getting bunts down, forcing them to play defense. A couple errors on those bunts, and all of a sudden we got something going.”

Hancock opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but Osakis leveled things at 1-1 off Mason Moore’s suicide squeeze in the second inning. The sacrifice bunt was followed by a run-producing fielder’s choice for Froemming in the third, and Osakis had a 2-1 edge.

And in the long-lasting fourth frame, they capitalized on blood in the water.

Jarret Seela started things with a walk, and then Luke Imdieke and Hunter Infanger reached on errors. Froemming highlighted the rally with a two-run triple that he sent deep over the right fielder’s head, but it stood as just one of two hits in the seven-run fourth.

Osakis also riddled the scorebook with three walks and forced another three Hancock errors, and seven runners circled the bases as a result. When the inning finished, a 2-1 nail-biter was expanded to a 9-1 blowout.

“Even if the game starts out close… we just believe that somebody’s going to find a way to make a play, get on base,” coach Infanger said. “We’re going to get him around, we’re going to take a lead and things are just going to happen.”

From the mound, Rost largely shut down the Hancock bats through four innings, striking out eight and surrendering two hits. Moore came in for relief in the fifth inning, recording a pair of punchouts of his own while keeping the bats silent over two innings of work.

The rout culminated in the bottom of the sixth, when back-to-back walks with the bases loaded each brought in a run. The latter made for an 11-1 game, and Osakis used the double-digit difference for a mercy-rule win after six innings.

“This is a good team. We find ways to win,” Froemming said. “We find ways to get on base and then eventually we just keep rolling, and eventually we score some runs.”

Eight different Osakis starters scored at least one run in the win, showcasing the continued pressure applied throughout the night.

“The guys have been playing really well lately. We’ve won five in a row,” coach Infanger said. “The whole dugout just feels like, ‘We don’t know who’s next, but somebody’s going to make the next big play.’”

Osakis will return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, for a road matchup against Wheaton.

HANCOCK 100 000 - 1 2 5

OSAKIS 011 702 - 11 8 0

OSAKIS PITCHING: Carter Rost - W, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO; Mason Moore - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO.

OSAKIS OFFENSE: Luke Imdieke - 1-2, 1 run, sac, BB, K; Hunter Infanger - 0-2, RBI, 1 run, 2 BB, HBP; Logan Hartshorn - 0-3, 2 K; Carter Rost - 4-4, 2 runs, 2B; Reid DeWenter - 1-3, 1 run, BB; Luke Staloch - 0-4, 2 runs, SB; Isaac Froemming - 1-3, 3 RBI, 1 run, 3B, BB; Mason Moore - 1-2, RBI, 1 run, sac; Jarret Seela - 0-1, 2 runs, 3 BB; Austin Lennes - 0-1, RBI, BB, K.

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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