The Huskies put it all together — pitching, defense and timely hitting — and pulled off a stunning, 2-0, upset over No. 8-ranked Farmington on Tuesday night at Morehouse Park.
“Great team effort,” Owatonna coach Jeremy Moran said. “We just did a bunch of little things very well tonight. We executed on offense with our bunting and Kaitlyn Madole was outstanding in the circle.”
Madole went the distance and scattered six hits while walking just one and striking out four. She also assisted on a pitcher-to-home-to-first double-play in the first inning to help OHS escape a bases loaded jam.
“(She) pitched her best game of the year,” Moran said. “Her command was excellent tonight and that allowed her to keep the Farmington batters off-balance.”
Parris Hoveden finished 2-for-3 and scored on run to lead the 4-hit Owatonna attack. Liv Larson and Patricia Biegert each drove in one run for Owatonna.
Madole ripped a single in the fifth and eventually came around to score what turned out to be the game-deciding run.
Owatonna was out-hit 6-4 and committed a pair of errors, but came up huge in the clutch to earn their first win against a Class AAAA ranked opponent in a number of years.
“We just had the breaks go our way tonight,” Moran said.
The victory halts a four-game losing streak for the Huskies (5-10 overall), who will take on their second consecutive state-ranked team when they travel to meet top-ranked Faribault (Class AAA) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
The defending state champion Falcons recently suffered their first loss of the season against No. 2-ranked Mankato West and are 14-1 overall.
Faribsult ace pitcher McKayla Armbruster, who has signed to play at Division II Minnesota State University, has allowed just six earned-runs in 110 innings. She also has 230 strikeouts against just six walks.
Following Tuesday’s result, Owatonna moves to 4-2 against Section 1-AAAA teams while Farmington drops to 3-1…FHS has lost three of its last five games and is 10-6 overall…Farmington left seven runners on base while Owatonna stranded two.
Owatonna 2, Farmington 0
FHS 000 000 0—2 6 1
OHS 000 011 X—2 4 2
Owatonna leading hitters: Parris Hoveden 2-3 (RS), Patricia Biegert 1-3 (RBI), Kaitlyn Madole 1-2 (RS), Liv Larson (RBI)
Owatonna pitching: Madole, W (7IP, 6H, 0R, 0ER, 4K, 1BB)