Huskies Softball Threatens, but gets Swept By Mankato East
The Owatonna softball team finally got their season started Tuesday, dropping a pair of games to Mankato East at Caswell Park. A late-inning comeback fell just short 6-4 in the opener. OHS briefly held a lead in the second game until East hit a pair of home runs while winning 15-5 in six innings. The double header was held at the site of the state tournament due to field conditions at East High School.
The opener counted in the Big Nine Conference standings. East went up 2-0 in the third inning and added two more in the fifth. Owatonna cut their deficit in half with a two-run single by Jamie Davison to make it 4-2 in the sixth inning. The Cougars pushed their lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the frame.
McKenna Schroht delivered a two-run single in the seventh, but the Huskies left the tying runs in scoring position and lost 6-4. Torey Buck hit three singles. Liv Larsen pitched the complete game.
Mankato East jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game and added one more in the second. Owatonna left runners in scoring position in the second and third innings and trailed 4-1 with two out in the top of the fifth. The next six batters reached base and OHS took a 5-4 lead.
East quickly responded with a three-run homer in the last of the six and put the game away with eight runs in the sixth, which included a two-run dinger. The 15-5 advantage brought the game to an end with the 10-run rule.
Hannah Fisher had a pair of hits in the second game. Jamie Davison hit a double. Alexa Sommers pitched the complete game. Owatonna (0-2, 0-1 Big Nine) holds their home opener Thursday against Rochester Mayo if the field is ready to go.