by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
They dethroned the defending state champion but the Osseo Orioles ran into two tough opponents in the next rounds and settled for fourth place in the state CI adapted softball tournament at Coon Rapids May 31.
Osseo held a what-seemed-secure 16-8 lead after the fifth inning, but the defending champion Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville rallied to tie it up 17-17 by the end of the seventh. The Orioles used the added eighth inning to finally secure the high-scoring quarterfinal win, 22-17.
Scoring for Osseo were Aaron Clark with four runs, Marc Bazile, Megan Thompson, and Marco Tulio-Nicklas with three runs, Tasha Feigh, Paige Faber, Jason Robins and Cole Brambilla: with two runs and Alex Kreidler with one run.
Dakota United beat the Orioles 19-6 in their semifinal game. The Hawks have an unflawed 11-0 season record.
The Orioles scored three runs in the second, two in the third, and one in the fifth but couldn’t put up the numbers to match the Hawks. Bazile scored two runs, Faber, Clark, junior Thompson, and sophomore Nicklas scored one run each for the Orioles.
After multiple five-run innings, North Suburban outlasted Osseo for the third place title. The Cougars, runners up in 2013, won 19-14. Both teams scored five runs in the first inning, and the Cougars added five in the second. By the conclusion of the third inning, the Cougars held a 14-10 lead, which was narrowed to 14-11 after the fourth inning. The Orioles continued their push in the fifth inning to narrow the gap to 14-13, but the Cougars pulled away with a five-run sixth inning for the eventual win.
Osseo’s scoring was spread among numerous players. Leading the way was Bazile with his four runs. Clark earned two runs, including a triple and a double. Thompson also scored two runs, including a triple. Another two-run-scoring junior was Kreidler; he also hit a double. Scoring one run each for the Orioles was Faber, ninth grader Cole Brambilla, and Feigh and Austin Rohach.
The Orioles, despite having the smallest roster among state teams, concluded a successful season with an 11-4 record. Feigh and Clark were named to the all-state-tournament team.
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