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Owatonna's Trevor Hiatt maintains a narrow lead over Rochester Century in the 4x800 relay. The Huskies won the race with a time of 8:39.29, beating Century by just 1.26 seconds.

SPRING SPORTS ROUND UP

Baseball

Owatonna 7, Mankato East 5

After the Cougars rallied to tie the game at 5-5, the Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and didn’t give up a run in the final four innings to score their third straight win.

“Our last three games have been solid games for us with many players making contributions.  We've been able to play great defense the past week and have had some timely hitting. Our bullpen has been very steady with the backside of games being our overall strength,” said Head Coach Tate Cummins.

Grant Achterkirch led the offense with 2 RBI, while Peyton Beyer was named the winning pitcher after throwing three scoreless innings.

Mankato Loyola 12, Blooming Prairie 8

The Blossoms give up 10 runs in the first three innings and while they scored three runs in bottom of the seventh inning, it was not enough to dig themselves out of a seven-run deficit.

After a tough start to the game, Drew Kittelson and Jacob Naatz threw the final four innings and combined to give up just six hits and two unearned runs

Alex Miller led the Blossoms with three hits, while Luke Larkoski and Lane Lembke each tallied 2 RBIs.

Maple River 12, NRHEG 11

After a tough 19-10 loss to Hayfield, it looked like the Panthers would bounce back with a win, but then their pitching issues resurfaced.

“The Panthers had a four-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning where once again they struggled to throw strikes, walking six and giving up four runs. The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a lead-off double that scored on a base hit to shallow center with the infield drawn in,” said Head Coach Mark Lee. “In typical Panther fashion they did not go out without a fight; unfortunately they came up short to fall to 1-3.”

Andrew Phillips led NRHEG with 3 RBI. Daxter Lee gave up just one run in 1.2 innings of relief.

Kenyon-Wanamingo 15, Medford 5

The Medford Tigers ran into a buzzsaw when they ran into the Knights’ batters and pitchers last Friday.

The Tigers scored the first two runs of the game, but after that it was all K-W as the Knights scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first inning and added 7 more runs in the third inning.

Meanwhile, the Knights’ starting pitcher played just as well as his hitters. He struck out eighth Medford batters, walked two, gave up two hits and surrendered two runs, one earned.

 

Softball

Farmington 2, Owatonna 1

In what was a highly-competitive game, it was the Tigers who had the last chance to win the game and they made that opportunity count by winning in walk-off fashion on Friday, April 16.

The Huskies’ record falls to 1-2.

Owatonna’s next home game is against Red Wing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at Morehouse Park.

Blooming Prairie 11, St. Clair/Mankato Loyola 5

After a close first four innings, the Blossoms took a commanding 8-4 lead by scoring three runs in the fifth inning. Blooming Prairie added three more runs in the seventh inning for good measure.

Bobbie Bruns led the Blossoms’ offense by going 4-4, hitting one home run and recording 4 RBI.

In addition to its offense, Blooming Prairie also got a great game from pitcher Allison Krohnberg who threw a complete game. She struck out nine and give up five runs, three earned.

The Blossoms’ record improves to 3-1.

NRHEG 9, Maple River 0

After pitching seven shutout innings the previous day, NRHEG’s Sophie Stork picked up right where she left off by striking out six and pitching seven more shutout innings against Maple River.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Wendy Schultz was also impressed with the Panthers’ batters.

“The first couple of innings the girls were patient at the plate as their pitcher was struggling a bit throwing strikes. Once strikes were thrown the girls were able to connect,” said

Defensively, she said pitcher Sophie Stork and catcher Cloie Arndt worked well together. She was also happy that the Panthers didn’t commit any errors.

NRHEG’s record improves to 3-0.

Triton 18, Medford 8

No matter what pitcher the Tigers used, it seemed like the Cobras always had their number as they erupted for 18 runs in five innings.

Medford’s record drops to 0-3.

After a tough start to the season, the Tigers will look to get back on track when they host NRHEG at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.

 

Golf

Owatonna 335, Waseca 377

The Huskies were led to victory by Jonny Wall who shot 77, while the rest of the team shoot in the mid to upper 80s.

In fact, Owatonna’s fourth-best golfer shot an 87, which was one shot better than Waseca’s top golfer.

“The players were focused starting on hole one and many players finished their rounds strong. The team had a lot more up and down conversions today. I saw a lot more putts falling and solid shots out on the course,” said Head Coach Mark Langlois. “Overall, it was great to see a lot of improvement from Monday’s meet. It was a good win for the Huskies.”

Blooming Prairie 241, USC 250

In the Blossoms’ first match of the season Jessica Ressler was the medalist and Halle Strunk finished one stroke behind her teammate, this time it was the other way around as Strunk was the medalist for the meet with a 45, while Ressler finished just one stroke behind with a 46.

Thanks in part to those two girls achieving the top two scores of the day and Caitlyn Stangl finishing with a 63, the Blossoms won the team portion and won their first conference match of the season.

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