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July 25, 2013

Blue Demons ends 11-year wait to return to state baseball tournament

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“Victor bends but he never breaks,” Brittan said of his senior pitcher. “Got to give a lot of credit to Victor.”

Osing helped double that lead for Sanders, twice. In the second, Osing converted his leadoff double into a run by coming home on the back end of a double steal with Jacob Lenger to give Albia a 2-0 lead.

That 2-0 lead held into the fourth as Sanders only faced a potential threat once in the fourth after back-to-back singles by the Bulldogs led off the inning. The senior got the next three outs to end the threat and retired Mepo in order in the fifth.

That’s when Osing stepped up with a runner on and his pitcher showcasing excellent command. In that moment, Osing had a feeling one more hit might be just what was needed to book a trip to Des Moines.

“I really felt like if we could get one more hit, they weren’t going to come back,” Osing said. “It seemed like they were starting to let down a little. It seemed like we just needed one more hit to put them away.”

Osing delivered it in a big way, drilling a two-run homer to left field. Suddenly a two-run lead become 4-0. And suddenly, as he rounded first, Osing lifted his arms to signify the celebration could officially begin for the sea of blue in Fairfield.

“Rounding first, it just felt like finally everything was heading for the better for all of us,” Osing said.

Two innings later, Hugh Sinclair final catch officially kicked off the party and locked up a date for Albia (24-16) with second-ranked North Polk (29-4) Monday night in Des Moines in the 1A State Quarterfinals at 6 p.m.

“It finally feels good to be there (in Des Moines), but it’s still going to be 90-foot base paths. It’s still going to be 60 feet and 6 inches from the mound to home plate,” Osing said. “Everything is still going to be the same. Everything else you can’t control other than hitting the ball, fielding the ball and throwing it.”

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