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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Osakis Legion boys carry District 7 banner

Osakis has the banner for District 7 in the upcoming state Legion baseball tournament. Osakis vied with New London-Spicer at the end. These quality units did battle at the Montevideo diamond.
The District 7 tournament is a long road. The double-elimination format spells lots of games and lots of excitement. The 2014 affair did not disappoint.
Not surprisingly, Ky Zimmel was a hero at the end. The score stood 6-6 in the seventh when Zimmel stepped up to bat. He's a marquee performer. Zimmel's Osakis unit represented the winners bracket. An RBI in the seventh would end the District 7 tournament and have Osakis advancing.
-Spicer was going to have to win twice. NL-Spicer was a gritty unit throughout the tournament and you couldn't bet against them. But Zimmel wasn't going to allow for any more suspense. Zimmel drove the ball to right. Would it land fair or foul? It "hugged the line," fair, which brought an ecstatic reaction from the Osakis players and fans.
double brought Jordan Frederick home from second, standing up. So, Osakis is the 7-6 victor and can prepare for more conquests in the spotlight of state.
led 4-0 at one point. Like I stated, NL-Spicer was gritty and in this game, fought to assume the lead at 5-4 when five innings were done.
was throttled for four innings vs. the pitching of athlete of note Ryan Vraa. Vraa was on in relief. Vraa couldn't shut the door in the bottom of the sixth. Osakis had the bottom of its order up to bat. No matter. Those batters ignited a two-run rally. So the score is 6-5 with Osakis back up after six innings.
The top of the seventh saw NL-Spicer's Brett Olson pull in at second base thanks to a fielder's choice and error. There are two outs. Osakis was error-prone in this game. No. 9 batter Tyler Gislason found a Frederick delivery to his liking. Pow! Gislason hit a drive into left. Olson eyed home plate all along. But it appeared at one point that he wouldn't make it. Ah, the relay from third went awry! Olson scores and the score is 6-6.
Frederick singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Vraa couldn't shut the door, and Zimmel took care of business with his sizzling double. Game over.
DeGeest was the NL-Spicer starting pitcher. He had arm trouble. Vraa had pitched six innings on Thursday. One day's rest would hardly seem sufficient. Whitey Herzog once wrote that a pitcher injures his arm on every pitch. It's an odd trait of the sport. Vraa sought to be undaunted going to the mound in the second. He ended up taking the loss.
pitched four and a third innings for the victor. He fanned seven batters and gave up six hits. Frederick got the win with his stint of two and two-thirds innings (one strikeout, zero walks).
Frederick had two hits in four at-bats for Osakis, plus he stole a base. Jarrett Weispfening had a two-for-three line. Gislason was the only NL-S batter with multiple hits.
carries a superlative 17-1 record into state. What a ride! Luverne is the host site for state, set for August 1-3.
New London-Spicer 7, Madison 3
Madison's successful 2014 Legion season ended shy of state. Madison closes out its 2014 summer with a 15-5 record. These athletes are largely associated with the Lac qui Parle school. They were shown the exits in the District 7 tournament as the result of a 7-3 loss to New London-Spicer.
-Spicer shot out to a 6-0 lead through the first three innings. NL-S played errorless ball while Madison had one error. Madison held its own in hitting with nine safeties compared to NL-S's ten.
The nine hits weren't enough against NL-S's impressive stable of athletes including Ike Goetzman who doubled twice and tripled. Trey Austvold went two-for-four with an RBI. Ryan Vraa wasn't to be overlooked as this star doubled and scored twice as part of going two-for-three. Brett Olson went two-for-three, scored two runs and drove in one. Goetzman was a perfect three-for-three. Alex Goff tripled.
Tyson Gislason was the winning pitcher. The loss went to Austin Haas.
Brandon Hill made noise with his bat for Madison, going three-for-four including a double and triple, and driving in a run. I will bet that Brandon's dad is Bart Hill, well known to me through his youth in Morris and his own sports exploits!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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