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PREP SOFTBALL: Otterness hits season-high in strikeouts in shutout of HLWW

WATERTOWN – It was safe to say Abby Otterness had things working for the Watertown-Mayer softball team. The junior ace pitcher for the Royals tallied a new season-high 14 strikeouts as part of her impressive 2-0 shutout of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Monday.

“When she’s on, she’s on,” Royals coach Bethany Loether said. “I’d argue she’s one of the best pitchers in our conference. She’s just getting better and better as the season goes on.”

After striking out the side in order to start the game, Otterness got some support from her teammates in their first at-bat of the game. Jada Kostmatka led off the inning with a single. With two outs, Otterness helped herself out with an RBI single to put the Royals up 1-0.

W-M would add on an insurance run in the bottom of the third thanks to an RBI single from Payton Hecksel. That two-run cushion was more than enough with Otterness in control in the circle.

“We have a good team,” Loether said. “It’s just a matter of finding that confidence in ourselves. I think that’s starting to come out a little bit in the last few games. We know we can do it and win games.”

Otterness finished the game allowing just two hits and one walk. Her season-high 14 strikeouts marked the fourth time this season she’s struck out 10 or more in a game. For the year, Otterness has an ERA of 1.78 in 70 innings of work.

It was the second dominant game for Otterness against HLWW. Earlier in the year, she completed a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win for the Royals.

With the win, W-M improved to 10-7 on the year and has won three straight. With just two games left in the regular season, the Royals are looking to keep their momentum rolling heading into the postseason.

“Right now, our focus is on sections,” Loether said. “Our goal is to play clean ball and get some momentum heading into the playoffs.”

The Royals close out the regular season with a doubleheader against Litchfield. Following that, W-M will have three days of practice to gear up for what they hope will be a deep postseason run.

“We have three days of practice coming up and we haven’t had practice in like two weeks,” Loether said. “ I’m looking forward to just being able to revamp and refocus before heading into the postseason. Our goal is to win every inning right now. That’s our focus and mentality. We want to keep that pressure on. Even though we didn’t quite get them across today, we had people in scoring position pretty much every inning. I’m OK with that because we’re progressing.”

For HLWW, they dropped to 4-14 on the season. The Lakers will close out the season with three home games against Dassel-Cokato, Rockford, and Norwood Young America.

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DC girls softball off to 9-5 start to season

The Charger girls softball team, behind stellar pitching from Evelyn O’Brien and timely hitting across the lineup, are 9-5 overall on the season thus far.

After sweeping New London-Spicer Tuesday, DC fell to Watertown-Mayer by a 2-1 score Thursday. Look for those results in next week’s Enterprise Dispatch.

The team has just three regular season games left: vs. ACGC Friday, vs. Norwood Young America Monday, and at HLWW Wednesday.

Charger boys bb off to 2-12 start

It’s been a tough season thus far for the Charger boys baseball team.

DC is off to a 2-11 overall start to the season, most recently falling to Watertown-Mayer 10-6 Thursday at Saints Field.

DC has just three games left in the regular season: at Norwood Young America Monday, at Howard-Lake-Waverly Tuesday, and hosting HLWW Friday at Saints Field.

DC girls golf in 6th place in WCC West

The DC girls golf team is in sixth place in the Wright County Conference West. Litchfield looks to be the conference champion this season, with New London-Spicer holding an edge over Watertown-Mayer for second place.

Kaisa Harmala is in 19th place through seven meets, with Rachel Gram in 21st, and Mackenzie Kohls in 22nd.

Kohls had the best nine-hole round of her career earlier this week at Litchfield, finishing tied for third with a 47.

Thursday’s meet at Little Crow GC got cancelled. The team’s next action will be Monday, when they host an Invitational at Albion Ridges GC.

DC Boys Golf in fifth in WCC West

The Dassel-Cokato boys golf team is in fifth place thus far in the Wright County Conference West.

Nathan Clark and Kaden Johnson have been the top-two scorers this season for DC. Most recently, Clark had the best round of the season at the Wildcat Invitational at Little Crow GC, carding a six-over 78.

Freshmen Nick Stonelake and Jud Whittaker have generally been among the top-four scorers, with Jackson Baker and Jason Haataja also playing solid rounds this season.

This week Friday (5-13) and Monday (5-16) the team will host an invitational at Burl Oaks in Hutchinson. They will then host an invitational at Albion Ridges Tuesday.

Girls Track team places 5th at Section 6AA True Team meet

ROCKFORD – The DC girls track team placed fifth out of eight teams at the Section 6AA True Team meet Tuesday at Rockford.

The highest-placing individual finishes were:

3. Emily Trocke, 3200m

3. Mary Rauschendorfer, 100m hurdles

3. Kimberly Aho, pole vault

The DC 4×200 relay team also took third.

Look for full results in next week’s Enterprise Dispatch.