Huskies Dominate on the Diamond, Inside and Out
The Owatonna girls fast pitch softball team jumped out to an enormous first-inning lead inside the dome at the Wescott Athletic Complex at Austin Tuesday. The Huskies sent up 25 batters and scored 20 runs in the first frame on the way to a 31-2 win. The OHS baseball team had an 11-run fourth inning in their 13-8 home win over the Packers at Fuller Field at Dartt's Park.
In the softball game, the Huskies didn't have an out until the 15th batter of the opening frame. And that out even drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. The inning included 17 hits, three walks and a pair of hit batters. OHS added 11 more in the second. The game was called after four innings.
Ana LaDuke hit a grand slam, had two doubles, and drove in eight runs. Katelyn Bentz had five hits and pitched the complete game. Mehsa Krause drove in at least one run in each of her first four plate appearances. Paris Hovden had a pair of two-run doubles.
Coach Jeremy Moran said, "It was great to come out strong and get our bats going early. Players did a really good job being selective at the plate and looking for a good pitch to drive. Our bats have been a little quiet in the early part of the season and this was the type of game we needed offensively."
The game was moved inside the dome due to the cool, windy conditions. No spectators were allowed inside due to spacing during the pandemic. During indoor games, anything hit into the dome is a foul, even if it happens on what appears to be a fair ball. OHS players hit fly balls about ten times into the dome, Hovden had at least four 'domers' in one plate appearance.
Owatonna (2-3) hosts Red Wing Thursday, April 22 at Morehouse Park.
The offensive power in the baseball team's 13-8 win over Austin included Taylor Bogen's three hits and Matt Seykora's two RBI. Brayden Truelson got the pitching win. Gavin Rein made a stellar defensive play with a backhand stab at third base. The Huskies go to Red Wing Thursday.
OHS tennis blanked Winona Tuesday 7-0 to start the season 5-0. It was the 250th career coaching win as a boys tennis coach for the Huskies Curt Matejcek. The Huskies are home against Rochester Century Thursday at 4:30.
Blooming Prairie softball outscored Triton 16-14 in nine innings Tuesday. Allison Krohnberg and Bobbie Bruns drove in runs in the top of the ninth. Each team scored a run in the eighth. Bruns had five hits. Krohnberg hit a homer and pitched all nine innings.
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