Lakeville North scored seven runs in the first inning on one hit and defeated Owatonna 9-4 in the quarterfinal round of the Section 1AAAA girls' fast pitch softball tournament Tuesday. No. 4 seed North used five walks, two hit batters and a hit from their No. 9 hitter Carah Cash to jump out to a big lead and beat the fifth-seeded Huskies.

Both teams advance to Todd Park in Austin Thursday in the double-elimination tournament. Owatonna (6-13) will play Lakeville South at 4 pm on KRFO AM 1390 in a losers' bracket game. The winner will play again at 6 pm. Lakeville North will take on top-seed New Prague.

After getting behind early, OHS put two on the board in the second inning on three hits. Kenzie Karsten and Torey Buck singled. Alexa Sommers had a base hit for an RBI. Hannah Fisher pushed in a run with a ground out. The Huskies left runners in scoring position in four straight innings.

Lakeville North added a run in the second and a solo home run in the fifth from Jenna Beckstrom to account for their runs. Kaitlyn Young pitched the complete fame for the Panthers. OHS out hit North 9-7.

Owatonna scored their other runs in the sixth. Karsten reached on an error. Anna LaDuke singled. Fisher hit a two-out, two-RBI single to create the 9-4 final. LaDuke and Kaitlyn Madole made nice defensive plays in the infield. Jamie Davison was busy in center field, making several plays.

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Owatonna's boys' tennis team lost to Big Nine champion Rochester Century 6-1 in the Section 1AA semifinals Tuesday. It was the Huskies first appearance in the final four in a few years. Century went on to beat Rochester Mayo 4-3 to win the title and advance to state. Section individual tennis begins on Thursday, May 24.


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