On Tuesday June 11, the Owatonna Silver Streaks' offense erupted and scored early and often against the top team from Northfield, winning 31-16.

Owatonna's defense held strong as well, giving the Silver Streaks a crucial victory, elevating them to first place in league standing, tied with Faribault Golden Eagles Talons at 3-1 and dropping Northfield to 2-3.

Meanwhile, Owatonna Senior Silver Streaks were slowly pulling ahead of the Northfield of Dreams and after 7 1/2 innings, leading 19-14 and looking like the first victory of the season was at hand.

Northfield, though, had other ideas and scored six runs in its ninth, taking a 21-20 lead. In the bottom of the last frame, Owatonna put two runners in scoring position when Jerry Besser delivered a walk-off base hit to hand the Senior Silver Streaks a thrilling 22-21 victory.

Next week on Tuesday, both Owatonna teams travel to Cannon Falls to play the Boomers. The following week on June 25, Owatonna will host the league tournament with eight teams in town at the fairgrounds ball fields. Games are scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

League Standings

Owatonna Silver Streaks, 3-1

Golden Eagles Talons, 3-1

Northfild off Dreams, 2-3

Cannon Falls Boomers, 0-3

Senior Division

Golden Eagles Wings, 4-0

Nothfield of Dreams, 3-2

Senior Silver Streaks, 1-3

Cannon Falls Boomers, 0-3

Reach sports editor Jon Weisbrod at 444-2375, or follow him on Twitter.com @OPPJonW

Award-winning Sports Editor for the Owatonna People's Press, Weisbrod has worked in daily newspapers his entire career. He writes a regular column called Beyond the Box that delves into local, regional and national sports storylines.

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