Owatonna Baseball Rallies for Victory [Prep Scores]
Owatonna baseball stormed back from an early 4-0 deficit against Rochester Century, scoring the next seven runs on the way to a 7-5 victory. The Huskies got solid pitching, timely hitting, and strong defense while winning in their second trip to Rochester in three days. The game started under cloudy skies and 46 degrees with a fairly stiff breeze. Winter jackets and blankets were plentiful among the fans attending.
Starting pitcher for OHS Gavin Rein recovered from a tough first inning to throw four frames, giving up just two hits over the final three. Brayden Truelson entered in the fifth and tossed the final three. Each pitcher benefitted from a double play. Rein made a great play in the fourth, getting to first base to double up a runner after a foul pop was caught by first baseman Mason Kunkel.
Kunkel also delivered at the plate with a two-out, two-run single in the third to put Owatonna up 5-4. The Huskies comeback started with a two-run single by Jack Helget in the second. Payton Beyer hit a run-scoring double shortly thereafter. Beyer's at-bat stayed alive when the Century catcher and first baseball collided while trying to track down a foul pop up.
The Huskies got some insurance, scratching a run across in the sixth. Caleb Veriede singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and scored when a pitch got by the catcher for a 6-4 Owatonna lead. OHS added a run in the seventh on a single by Taylor Bogen. Century connected on a solo homer in the bottom of the inning for the 7-5 final.
Owatonna (2-1) beat John Marshall 5-0 Saturday and hosts Mankato East on Thursday.
In other events Monday, Blooming Prairie baseball dropped a 10-4 game to United South Central and NRHEG whipped Bethlehem Academy 12-2 in six innings.
BP softball rolled past USC 10-0 in five innings. Macy Lembke went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI. Bobbie Bruns also went 3-for-4, scoring twice, driving in a pair and hitting a triple.
BP boys golf won their season-opener at the Dodge Country Club with a 186. Kasson-Mantorville totalled 195. Triton shot 200 and had the medalist with Abe Myer's 37. In the girls event, Kasson-Mantorville shot 239 as the only team with a complete score. Blooming Prairie's Jessica Resslter was the medalist with 52.
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