Aces Edge Winona to Earn Weekend Split
The 'home' team won games Saturday and Sunday at Fuller Field at Dartt's Park in Owatonna. The bad news for the Aces is they were the 'road' team on Saturday during a 3-2 loss to Wanamingo. The Jacks home field is not available this summer. So some of the time they are the home team, even in their opponent's ballpark. Sunday Owatonna scored a 3-2 win over Winona to square their record at 4-4 to enter the final week of the regular season.
In Sunday's win over the Chiefs, the Aces got six solid innings from Cody Johnson on the mound. Brandon Wolf threw two and Kodey Kiel closed it out for the save. Back on Saturday a ninth-inning comeback fell just short. Quinn Christenson homered to pull the Aces within 3-2. The team loaded the bases but couldn't get the tying run across.
Owatonna closes out the regular season this week. On Wednesday, July 22, the Aces host Austin who beat Owatonna in the season opener July 1. Friday, July 24, the Aces look for a season split with Waseca. That will end their abbreviated 10-game, coronavirus-affected season. Playoffs will begin later this month. A state tournament is still planned for amateur ball.
Dodge County had a wild game Friday night, falling to Stewartville-Racine 5-3. The game went 16 innings and last three-hours-and-fifty-five minutes. The Diamondbacks return to action Wednesday against Pine island.
Owatonna's U-18 team hits the Dartt's Park diamond Monday, July 20 for a 6 pm match up with Winona. Owatonna has four more dates on their schedule after Monday. The U-17 teams will host a doubleheader with Rochester Century at Fuller Field Tuesday, July 21 beginning at 6 pm.