Rockets End Huskies Season; Ace Fans 11
Rochester John Marshall did not use their top pitcher in their playoff opener, an 11-1 loss to Farmington. Instead the Rockets sent Drew Lingen to the mound at Fuller Field at Dartt's Park in an elimination game Tuesday. The senior fanned 11 as JM topped the Huskies 9-1, ending Owatonna's season and the prep career for eight seniors.
That's not to say Owatonna didn't have chances. Taylor Bogen hit a ball high off the right field fence in the first inning. Matt Seykora stung the ball well for a single and OHS got on the board but Lingen struck out the next two batters. The Huskies also got runners to third base in the third and fourth innings.
By that time, JM was up 8-1. The Rockets scored two in the first. It could have been more except for another outfield assist for Payton Beyer, who caught a fly ball and threw home for an inning-ending double play.
JM assembled a five-run fourth inning that included two Owatonna errors and a couple of walks. Rochester had just two hits in that inning. Overall, the Rockets outhit the Huskies 11-6 and stranded nine base runners. OHS left six men aboard.
Seykora started on the mound for Owatonna. He was followed by Gavin Rein and Brayden Truelson. Owatonna ended the season at 12-10 and was second in the Big Nine Conference standings.
Seniors for Owatonna are Payton Beyer, Gavin Rein, Connor Budach, Brayden Truelson, Mason Kunkel, Richie Lee, Matt Seykora, and Gage Olson.
JM split their regular season games with Owatonna and is now 8-14 overall. Six of those wins have come with Lingen pitching. The Rockets go to New Prague for an elimination game Thursday, June 3. Century is at Lakeville South as well Thursday.
Farmington and Rochester Mayo advanced to the winners' bracket final Saturday, June 5 at New Prague.
Tuesday's baseball scores in Section 1AAAA
Farmington 5, New Prague 2
Mayo 7, Century 4
JM 9, Owatonna 1
Lakeville South 10, Northfield 0