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Dilly Records Complete Game Victory as OTC Edges Fergus Falls 2-1

By Craig Olson, 05/30/23, 11:15PM CDT


Lane Dilly struck out 7 batters, walked none, and scattered 7 hits on Tuesday as he led Ottertail Central to a 2-1 victory over Fergus Falls in the opening round of the Section 8AA playoffs in Henning.

Lane Dilly fired a complete game victory for OTC. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN

Fergus Falls got their only run in the sixth when Kellen Stenstrom started the inning with a triple.  Ben Swanson drove him in with a ground out to second base.  The Otters let two golden scoring opportunities go by in the fourth and fifth innings.  Swanson reached second base leading off the fourth on a single and an error.  He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Colin Becker, but was left stranded.  In the fifth, Carston Fronning led off with a double and went to third on a base hit by Will Gronwold.  After an infield pop out, the Dawgs turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.

Fronning reached base with a one out single in the seventh, but was cut down trying to steal second base as Gronwold struck out.  The strike ‘em out – throw ‘em out double play ended the game and the season for the Otters.

OTC (18-3) will now play DGF in Perham at 2:00pm Thursday.  The Rebels advanced with a 2-1 win over Hawley.

The Bulldogs scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead.  Owen Harig led off the third with a bunt single, stole second base, moved to third on a ground out and came in to score on a balk.  In the fourth, an infield error with one out allowed Hunter Haugen to reach base.  A double by Noah Link moved Haugen to third and a sacrifice fly from Kale Misegades brought Link home.

Kellen Stenstrom fields the throw as Tyson Misegades slides in safely. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN

Carston Fronning was cut down trying to steal. Kale Misegades tagged him out. (PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN)