Huskies use a monster first inning to beat Austin

Published 7:04 pm Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Austin softball team went through an impossibly tough inning to start the day as it lost to Owatonna 31-2 in the Packer Dome Tuesday.

The first 14 hitters of the game reached base for the Huskies (2-3 overall, 2-2 Big Nine) as Owatonna jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Austin registered an at-bat. Owatonna bashed six doubles in 25 at bats in that opening frame.

Owatonna went on to go up 31-0 after two innings, before Austin got on the board on a two-run homer by senior Isabel Stark. Stark launched the homer to deep to right field and she also doubled to right in the first inning.

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“That frustration of seeing them be aggressive made me just want to just slam it back at them and that we can do something,” Stark said. “We’ve got a pretty young team, but we’re all close. We’re sticking together when it gets to low points like it was today.”

Stark also knocked in four RBIs during a doubleheader for the Packers (0-6 overall, 0-5 Big Nine) last weekend.

Owatonna 20  11  0 0  —  31   23  0

Austin 0    0  2  0  —   2    2    0 

Austin pitching: Abby VanPelt (L) 4 IP, 23 H, 7 BB, 31 ER, 1 K, 1 HBP

Austin hitting: Lucy Lagervall, 0-for-1, BB; Isabel Stark, 2-for-2, HR, double, 2 RBIs, R; Kate Holtz, 0-for-2; Madisyn Busker, 0-for-1, BB; Sadie Hagan, 0-for-1; Alia Retterath, 0-for-2; Kate VanPelt, 0-for-2; Abby VanPelt, 0-for-1; Nevaeh Borg, 0-for-1; Megan Dilley-Jones, 0-for-1