Osakis baseball off to a torrid start through four games

The Osakis baseball team couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start after four games.

The Silverstreaks have yet to allow an earned run on their way to a 4-0 record with 14-4 and 10-0 wins in five innings over Eagle Valley on Monday night. Osakis allowed just one hit in the nightcap and its defense has committed just three errors over the first four games.

“Really just a great way to start the season,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “Our pitchers have been impressive in giving us a chance to win each game. Offensively, we are getting some big hits and been able to string some hits together. We have done a nice job taking advantage of the other team’s mistakes.”

Doug Zimmel adjusted his chest protector during a game against Browerville last season. (Echo Press file photo by Eric Morken)

The Silverstreaks never gave Eagle Valley a chance in either of the games on Monday. They scored nine first-inning runs in game two after putting seven on the board in the first frame in game one.

Senior Doug Zimmel has picked up right where he left off during a Prairie Conference Co-MVP season in 2012. He got to Eagle Valley for five hits, including a double, five RBIs, two runs and a walk. Zimmel is 10-for-13 with two doubles, seven RBIs, two walks, four runs and no strikeouts through the first four games.

He was part of a big night all around for the Osakis offense. Jordan Frederick had two hits, including a double, four RBIs, two walks, two stolen bases and scored six runs in the two games. Drew Fearing added four RBIs as well.

The offense made things a little easier on freshman Michael Herringshaw in the nightcap. He went three innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out three. Hunter Scherr followed suit the rest of the way, striking out two over a couple perfect innings.

Lane Berberich was equally as impressive in game one. He went the distance, scattering five hits and two walks, while striking out five. All four runs he allowed were unearned and came in the fourth inning in what was already a 12-0 game.

“He really should have had a shutout but a few errors cost him that,” Schmidt said.

All in all, it’s exactly the kind of start Schmidt was envisioning for this team coming into the spring.

“A few things can be cleaned up and a few guys need to get going offensively,” he said. “But I am happy with the start. Pitching and defense have been solid and the bats are coming alive.”