Huskies beat Tigers to play for conference title on Monday
The Huskies took care of business Saturday at Albert Lea and will play for a Big Nine title play on Monday against Mankato West. Owatonna edged the Tigers 3-2 in a make-up match at Hayek Field behind an excellent pitching performance from Matt Seykora. The first game on Monday at Franklin Rogers Field at 4 p.m. will decide the league title before the teams play a non-conference game immediately after.
Seykora went six innings with an economic pitch total on Saturday. Payton Beyer got the stop. He also scored the first run on a Grant Achterkirch first inning hit, pulled off the tiebreaker in the sixth and stole three goals. Taylor Bogen had the other RBI. Mason Kunkel made an assisted double play at the start of the seventh inning. The Tigers races were not deserved.
OHS coach Tate Cummins said West was in charge: “They are super good from top to bottom. They have four guys who throw well. Get ready for the AAA tournament. They are definitely the favorites for the win. Can we show up on Monday and create problems for them? Absolutely. “
The Scarlets are the highest rated in the AAA class. Huskies play in AAAA in the playoffs. The double dip was originally scheduled for Thursday, May 27, but schools agreed to postpone it until Monday to allow enough rest for their pitching teams, with the playoffs starting on May 29.
Mankato West (10-0 at the conference) has already won no less than a share of the Big Nine title for the first time since 2003. OHS (9-1) won the title most recently in 2018. See the Complete Big Nine baseball title history at www.big9.org.
Owatonna started the weekend with a 10-1 loss to Northfield. The game, already a rain composition in Northfield, took place at Memorial Field in Dundas due to downpours which left the Northfield High School grounds unplayable.
Memorial Field, on the other hand, was in great shape, “You walk around the turf (grass) and you can see that they’ve put a lot of money into this facility … It’s absolutely the best surface. game that we’ve had in this field. years, ”Cummins said. Dundas will co-host the State Amateur Tournament in 2022 with Bell Field in Faribault.
A highlight of the game was the backup work of Addison Andrix, pitching four innings and getting stronger as he advanced, taking out the last eight batters he faced. The Huskies had a 1-0 lead at the start, but the Raiders scored five in the second and five more in the third.