The Osakis baseball team is still earning recognition after a strong spring season.
Soon-to-be senior Luke Imdieke will be recognized on July 21 in St. Cloud with a Diamond King Award honoring him for the characteristic of discipline. The Diamond King Awards are designed to recognize student-athletes who exhibit strong traits in humility, accountability, resiliency and discipline. Sartell's Riley Ahrndt (accountability) and Jake Schelonka (humility) and Foley's Alec Dietl (resiliency) will join Imdieke in St. Cloud on July 21 during an on-field ceremony at Joe Faber Field prior to a St. Cloud Rox versus Duluth Huskies Northwoods League Baseball game.
Recipients of the awards will get a major-league-size bat that is engraved with their name, school and character trait.
Imdieke earned Osakis' Most Dedicated Award for his role on the Silverstreaks team this past season. He anchored the shortstop position, while also throwing 28 innings on the mound. Imdieke 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.
Imdieke is a three-sport athlete, also playing big roles for the Osakis football and basketball teams. He was nominated for the Diamond King Award by head coach Shad Schmidt, who lauded Imdieke's impact on and off the field.
"What impresses me most about Luke is that when things are going good or bad he always is the same kid that is encouraging his teammates," Schmidt wrote in the nomination letter. "As our shortstop, he is considered the leader of our infield. Luke has taken that role to heart and as his coach I could not ask for any more from him. He is always willing to do whatever is asked of him for the sake of the team's success."