Osseo goes 2-2 at sub state
A couple of close losses ended Osseo’s bid to repeat Legion Sub State Zone Eleven Tournament champions.
Bases loaded in the ninth against Delano in the tournament on Saturday, July 26, cost Osseo a 4-2 lead in a 5-4 loss. In the bottom of the inning, the Orioles could not find the offense needed to tie things up.
For the second-straight year, the tournament took place on Osseo’s home field. They looked poised going into a showdown on July 26 with Excelsior, but a late-inning rally came short for a 5-2 loss. It led to the Delano loss later in the day.
Osseo beat St. Michael 11-5 and Maple Grove 4-0 earlier in the tournament.
“We didn’t have the greatest regular season, but we’ve been really good in the playoffs,” Orioles player A.J. Lyons said after the Excelsior game.
Against Excelsior, Osseo gave up a couple runs during the first few innings. A three-run seventh for Excelsior stretch the lead to 5-0. Osseo responded in the eighth by loading the bases and Lyons getting a run across in addition to Steven Fischer stealing home.
“Sometimes we have to manufacture runs in creative ways,” Orioles coach Kevin Kray said. “Moving and making plays on our feet is what we have to do sometimes.”
Defensively, Osseo took care of business in the bottom of the eighth and retired the side with Andrew Midtaun on the mound. Excelsior returned the favor in the ninth and closed the game.
Osseo came into the game fresh off the 4-0 shutout over rival Maple Grove on Friday, July 25. Haven Williams drove in two runs, and Rudy Alexander drove in one. Justin Clark earned the win on the mound with six strikeouts in seven innings for the four-hit shutout.
“We played a little better defense than they did,” Lyon said. “We put the ball in play and made them make plays. I think we just made a few more plays.”
Jon Ludwig also had a big pitching performance at sub state for the Orioles Wednesday, July 23, when he fanned nine batters in seven innings. Osseo downed St. Michael 11-5 for the victory.
Christopherson drove in five runs against St. Michael on 3-4 hitting, and Alexander went 2-5 with an RBI. Alexander also had a run in the season-ending loss to Delano.
Osseo had built a 4-2 lead with two runs in the fourth and again in the seventh against Delano. The loss ended Kray’s first season at the helm for the Orioles Legion team. Osseo had qualified for two of the past three state tournaments prior to this season.