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Huskies beat state No. 1 Farmington 4-3

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Owatonna pitcher Kennedy Hodgman, right, leaps into catcher Taya Selbrade’s arms in celebration after striking out the final batter in Owatonna’s win over No. 1 Farmington. The Huskies won 4-3 in a nailbiter of a game. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
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Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

Class AAAA No. 4 Owatonna softball earned its biggest win of the season in its most crucial game of the section tournament last week, when the Huskies beat No. 1-ranked Farmington 4-3 at Austin Todd Park.

The Huskies jumped on the Tigers from the opening at-bat, when senior Izzy Radel homered to deep left field to put Owatonna up 1-0.

“It brought the energy for us. There’s been a lot of emotion this week, and obviously in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game. There’s not much pressure. Win or lose there’s a lot more important things in life, as we’ve really learned in this last week,” said Owatonna head coach Jeremy Moran.

Radel’s home run was the first of her senior campaign and came on a day when the Huskies honored late classmate Olivia Flores, who died last week in a car accident, with the acronym “LLO” – short for “Long Live Olivia” – written on their arms.

“It was super exciting, especially against a great team like Farmington. Kind of after this week we’ve had with the news of Olivia’s passing, it was special to hit that right off the bat,” said Radel.

The Huskies first inning magic sparked their best performance yet.

After holding the Tigers scoreless through two innings, Owatonna added to its lead in the third.

Kendra Bogen reached base on a bunt and promptly stole second.

Zoie Roush moved her to third before Samantha Bogen hit a sacrifice fly to center field to help her sister reach home.

Farmington managed to score a run in the bottom of the third to make the score 2-1, but Owatonna’s offense was not finished.

The Huskies added two more runs in the top of the fifth after a double by Zoie Roush scored both Radel and Kendra Bogen.

Once again, Farmington answered by scoring two runs to make the score 4-3 and give Owatonna no room for error.

Neither side managed to score again; however, chaos nearly ensued in the bottom of the seventh.

With one out, Farmington managed to reach second on a hard-hit ball that was just out of reach of diving center fielder Keeliana Doran.

Owatonna elected to intentionally walk the following hitter, putting the winning run on first base.

With the game on the line, Owatonna ace Kennedy Hodgman was at her best, forcing a pop-up to Radel at second base to secure the second out and striking out the final batter to ice the upset victory for Owatonna.

With the win, Owatonna advanced to face New Prague in the section semifinal game at Austin Todd Park on Tuesday, May 28.

The stats and results from the game were not available at the time of press.

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

Final

Owatonna

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

4

Farmington

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

3

 

Player Stats

 

vs. Farmington

 

                        H    R    RBI      

I. Radel             2    2    1         

K. Bogen          2    2    0         

Z. Roush           2    0    1         

S. Bogen          0    0    2         

P. Hodgman      1    0    0         

                                               

                        IP   H    R    K    BB

K. Hodgman      7    8    3    2    2

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