Update: Huskies Baseball Playoff Game Postponed
[UPDATE] The scheduled game for Tuesday has been moved to Wednesday, June 1, due to the forecast and field conditions.
OHS beat Rochester Century 5-4 Monday in Rochester in a game that started two days earlier in Owatonna. Wednesday the Huskies will host Lakeville South in the 1AAAA semifinal.
The Huskies built a 5-1 lead after four innings then held off a Panthers comeback for the 5-4 victory in the quarterfinals on the section tournament. Monday's action was held at Alumni Field in Rochester, home of the JM Rockets. After Saturday's rain-out at Dartt's Park, section officials decided that Owatonna and Century should play in Rochester as the loser would have to play again. Century lost to JM 10-0 in six innings in that elimination game on Monday.
Wednesday Owatonna will host Lakeville South. The No. 7 seed Cougars upset No. 2 Rochester JM 6-4 to open the Memorial Day schedule.
The Huskies-Panthers game resumed in the bottom of the first inning, where play had been suspended at Fuller Field on Saturday. Owatonna (No. 3 seed) broke through in the third inning. Alec Holcomb and Sam Hylle drove in runs with back-to-back singles. Brett Solie reached on an error as a third run scored.
The Panthers scored one in the fourth. Clay Leidall hit a batter with two outs. The next man hit a booming double.
OHS scratched together two more in the bottom of the fourth. Brady Schuster singled. Noah Budach doubled him home. Blake Westphal laid down a bunt and Century attempted to throw out Budach at third, but he made it there before the tag. A Kodey Keil fielder's choice drove in Budach to make it 5-1 Huskies, which proved to be the decisive run.
Century scored three in the sixth with a couple of hits and a pair of Owatonna errors. The Panthers stranded two on base in the sixth and seventh. Westphal made a nice catch to end the game in center field, making a half slide to secure the third out with the tying run at third base.
Leidall went the distance for the win. Owatonna (13-8) will host Lakeville South at 5PM Wednesday at Fuller Field at Dartt's Park on Kat Kountry 105FM. The loser will play Rochester JM about 7:30PM.
Scoreboard, May 30
Owatonna 5, Rochester Century 4
Lakeville South 6, Rochester JM 4
Lakeville North 5, Rochester Mayo 1
Rochester JM 10, Century 0 (six innings)
Farmington 7, New Prague 6 (nine innings)
Farmington 4, Mayo 3
Northfield 11, Kasson-Mantorville 1 (five innings)
Austin 6, Albert Lea 4
Red Wing 3, Austin 0
Winona 15, Byron 5
Winona 9, Kasson-Mantorville 5
Albert Lea 2, Stewartville 0
Worthington 5, Waseca 2
Mankato East 7, Worthington 3
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 12, Le Sueur-Henderson 2 (five innings)
(NRHEG will play at GFW on Tuesday at 5PM in Fairfax.)
Lyle-Pacelli 3, Faribault BA 2
USC 2, Hayfield 1
Lewiston-Altura 6, Randolph 1
Wabasha-Kellog 3, Goodhue 1
Hayfield 14, Faribault Bethlehem Academy 3
Le Sueur-Henderson 9, Fairmont 2
St. Peter 4, Jordan 2
Belle Plaine 3, NRHEG 1
WEM 4, LCWM 3