By Bob San
Seeded No. 2 in the Sub-state 11 playoffs, the Osseo Legion baseball team was looking to make a deep run. However, the Orioles lost two of three games and saw their season come to a premature end.
“Our season ended earlier than the team anticipated,” Osseo coach Ben Johnson said.
Osseo defeated Rogers 7-6 in game one. Rogers jumped out to an early lead but Osseo fought back to take the lead behind a five-run fifth inning. Matt Bezdicek earned the win and the save went to Cade Wiles.
“Coming into playoffs we knew that every game was going to be competitive regardless of seeding with the games being nine innings and every team playing with an overall purpose of not wanting their season to end,” Johnson said. “The Rogers game was a battle from the first inning all the way until the last out of the game.”
John Bezdicek pitched 7 2/3 solid innings for Osseo in the second round match-up against Anoka, but the Orioles fell 4-3.
“John Bezdicek had yet another fantastic outing for the team,” Johnson said. “Going up against a very talented Anoka team, we knew we were going to have to execute on all aspects of the game. Jake Contreras came up with key RBIs as he has done for us the whole year. But we fell a little short in the back and forth game.”
After the tough loss to Anoka, Osseo took on Elk River. The Orioles were never really able to get any sort of momentum going in the game and lost 6-2.
Johnson and his team would like to have gone farther in the playoffs but were pleased with the summer.
“Overall it was a very exciting season for Osseo Legion,” Johnson said. “Everyone on the team at some point during the season made a positive impact on the team. As a team, our competitive level was consistent and that was something that the coaching staff asked for at the beginning of the season.”
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