Baseball: Osakis survives late-inning scare to beat Morris
The Osakis Legion baseball team spoiled Morris’ seventh-inning comeback on the road Monday night.
“Isaac is a guy that hasn’t started a lot of games for us but he really stepped up today,” head coach Bill Infanger said. “We played three games in Montevideo over the weekend and needed a guy to eat up innings. He did exactly that and I’m glad he was able to get the win for his effort today.”
Froemming allowed one run through the first six innings. As he was heading out to the mound to get the final three outs, it looked as if he would be the next Osakis pitcher to throw a complete game. The first three Morris batters reached base. All three runs would come around to score after Osakis committed two errors in the inning.
“The defense played great until the last inning there,” Infanger said. “We had a long weekend and then had to come on the road today. I think we need to do a better job of making the routine plays when the fatigue sets in.”
Froemming loaded the bases with two outs. With the winning run at the plate, Infanger decided it was finally time to take the ball out of his hand.
Luke Staloch came in from centerfield. It would take him just three pitches to get a swinging strikeout to end the game. His save capped off an impressive game to go along with his offense from the cleanup spot.
“I hadn’t pitched in a while so I’m glad I had to throw only three pitches,” Staloch said. “It feels good to have a game like this. I saw the ball well today.”
Staloch had a single and a double that drove in three of the seven runs.
“When one guy cools down, another guy gets hot,” Infanger said. “Staloch played really well today and I think he’s been a key hitter in the lineup this summer. This was his first time pitching in a few weeks too. Even though he only threw three pitches, that was a big spot to put him in and he handled it well.”
Osakis’ fifth win of the summer followed up a 2-1 weekend at a tournament in Montevideo. After winning the first two games, Osakis lost in the championship to New London-Spicer on Sunday.
“When we have a lot of games in a short period of time a lot of guys get called on,” Infanger said. “I look at a guy like Mason Moore who has pitched a lot of innings for us. He’s really impressed me because he’s developing into a really good pitcher to go with what he already brings us on the field. I see that progression from a lot of guys on this team.”
Making a run in the Legion postseason is expected out of Osakis. The roster is filled with many of the same guys who went deep in the Section 6AA playoffs in the spring.
“We are all here to get better and win games,” Staloch said. “We have a lot of good players that can play in a lot of spots. I think playing together in the summer gets us ready for the high school season in the spring.”
While many Legion teams have players who graduated high school, Infanger’s entire roster will return for the spring. This summer is a chance for the coaching staff to see what kind of team the Silverstreaks will have in 2020.
“I think in the past we have always felt like we needed to stay on the winner's side of the bracket when we get to the section playoffs,” Infanger said. “I think we now have a lot of guys that we trust to pitch in those moments to go with our offense. This summer is about development. We are starting to see where these younger guys fit in with the seniors next year, and we feel great about the team we are putting on the field.”