BRANDON — The No. 7 Otter Valley Union High School softball team broke an early 2-2 tie on Wednesday on the way to a 12-2 win over visiting No. 10 Lake Region in a Division II first-round game.
The 10-7 Otters are scheduled, weather permitting, to travel to Lyndon on Friday to take on the No. 2 Vikings (15-1) in a quarterfinal. LRU finished at 8-9.
On Wednesday, OV pitcher Taylor Aines wild-pitched home a run in the first and allowed another run in the second, when she issued three of her five walks. But she allowed just two hits and struck out eight and shut down LRU the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, OV used 10 hits, eight walks from LRU starter Michelle Thibault (five runs in three innings) and reliever Hannah Leroux (seven runs in three innings) and six Ranger errors to pile up their runs.
The Otters broke the tie in the third when Olivia Bloomer tripled and Cortney Poljacik followed with an infield hit. Poljacik scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
Leadoff hitter Brittany Bushey reached base five times, scored three runs and stroked two hits for OV. Bloomer added a double to her triple.