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The Osakis legion baseball team was seeded third out of four teams when the bracket for the West Central East Pod Tournament came out on Monday. Osakis hosts the tournament July 20-22 and will take on second-seeded Sauk Centre at 6:30 p.m. on Friday to open the playoffs. First-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa will play fourth-seeded Long Prairie at 4 in the opening game that day. The winners from the opening round meet at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, while the losers in the double-elimination format play at noon on Saturday, with a second game to follow that day for the winner.
The Osakis legion baseball team will go into this week's district pod tournament riding a six-game winning streak. Osakis dominated its final two games of the regular season this summer after beating Wheaton 14-1 on July 10 and Hancock 11-1 a day earlier.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria at Gopher Classic vs. Sioux Falls, SD, 9 a.m. RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Ashby at Millerville, 1 p.m. Alexandria vs. Sauk Centre at Osakis, 1 p.m.
The 19th annual Osakis Silverstreaks Golf Classic that serves as a fundraiser for Osakis High School athletic programs is set for Aug. 11. The tournament will take place at the Osakis Country Club with a 1 p.m. start. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Golfers can register as individuals, twosomes or foursomes. Those who do not register as a foursome will be randomly placed to complete a foursome. The tournament is open to the first 72 paid entries.
Osakis' Reid DeWenter is one of four Diamond King Award recipients from this past spring's high school baseball season after he was nominated for the honor by head coach Shad Schmidt. DeWenter earned the award in accountability. Other Diamond King awards went to players exhibiting strong character traits in humility (Dayton Wientjes, St. Cloud Apollo adapted softball), resiliency (Riley DeWolf, Litchfield) and discipline (James Woelfel, BOLD).
The Osakis Hawks had a five-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Kensington on Sunday afternoon as the Norsemen won a 6-4 contest. The Hawks were down a few of their top hitters in the lineup with Ky Zimmel and Aaron Noetzelman out and a couple others battling some injuries. They couldn't get the bats going until the ninth inning. Osakis rallied in that frame, scoring four runs with the help of singles from Derek Waldvogel and Jason Schueler and a double by Brandon Giesler. But with the bases loaded, Kensington got back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat and the game.
The spring sports wrap-up section that was published in the June 27 issue of the Osakis Review highlighted the seasons for Osakis sports teams by noticing award winners.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria Junior Tournament RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Osakis vs. Kensington, 2 p.m. Alexandria at Sauk Centre, 1 p.m. Urbank-Parkers Prairie at Wadena-Deer Creek, 1:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Long Prairie, 2 p.m.
LEGION BASEBALL Osakis at Morris, 7 p.m. CANCELLED Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls (DH), 5 p.m.
The Osakis legion baseball team features a core group of players who were sophomores and juniors this past spring who coaches want to see continued progress from this summer. They like what they saw this weekend. Osakis went to the Montevideo Tournament on Saturday and Sunday and came back with a championship after going 3-0.