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Rost piles up post-season awards

Osakis junior Carter Rost was named the Silverstreaks’ team MVP and Offensive MVP, while also earning the Offensive Player of the Year Award and Pitcher of the Year Award in the Prairie Conference this past spring season. (Eric Morken / Osakis Review)1 / 8
Hunter Infanger2 / 8
Mason Moore3 / 8
Logan Hartshorn4 / 8
Isaac Froemming5 / 8
Bauer Klimek6 / 8
Luke Staloch7 / 8
Luke Imdieke8 / 8

The Osakis baseball team got the fourth most wins in program history this past spring season after going 17-6 overall. That meant there were plenty of players to honor at the Silverstreaks' season-ending awards banquet.

Junior pitcher/infielder Carter Rost brought home a lot of those honors. Rost was named the overall MVP of the team, while also taking home the Offensive MVP Award. He led the Silverstreaks with a .415 batting average (34 hits) in addition to tallying 56 total bases, 20 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Rost's overall on-base percentage was a team-leading .490.

On the mound, Rost broke his own Osakis school record after posting an ERA of 0.68. The righthander held opponents to a .162 batting average in 51 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed just five earned runs all season, while walking 17 and striking out 73.

Rost's performance at the plate and on the mound earned him the Prairie Conference Offensive MVP Award and the Pitcher of the Year Award. Head coach Shad Schmidt said it was the first time ever that those two honors went to the same player in the conference.

As a team, Osakis held opponents to a .171 batting average, which is the third lowest opponent batting average all time in the state records.

Hunter Infanger was named Osakis' Defensive Player of the Year. Infanger helped anchor the defense up the middle at second base. He also threw 48 1/3 innings on the mound and had a 2.03 ERA. Infanger struck out 57 and walked 27, while holding opponents to a .164 batting average.

Senior Logan Hartshorn earned the Silverstreaks' Hard Hat Award. He set a new Osakis school record for most doubles in a season with 12, eclipsing the old mark of 11 set by Chad Zimmel. Hartshorn led the team with 23 RBIs while posting a .329 batting average.

Luke Imdieke earned the team's Most Dedicated Award. Imdieke anchored the shortstop position, while also throwing 28 innings on the mound. He had a 2.00 ERA with 35 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .217. Offensively, Imdieke hit at a .342 average with 18 RBIs and a team-leading 27 runs scored.

Mason Moore and Luke Staloch took home team honors as the Silverstreaks' most-improved players. Staloch hit .296 with 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Moore hit .275, drove in 15 runs and scored 10 himself.

Freshman Bauer Klimek earned the Rookie of the Year Award. He was fifth on the team with 23 hits for a .371 average that was second best on the team. Klimek drove in 10 runs and scored 12.

Junior Isaac Froemming rounded out Osakis' team award winners by earning the Silverstreak Award. Froemming was fourth on the team with 34 total bases and a .343 batting average. He drove in 14 runs and scored 10 runs.

Hartshorn is the lone senior from the team award winners who was lost to graduation after this season. Infanger, Imdieke and Staloch are juniors who joined Rost in earning All-Prairie Conference honors, while Hartshorn, Moore and Klimek were honorable-mention selections to the all-conference team.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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