Orono stuns Forest Lake at state softball

Forest Lake’s dream season took an unexpected turn into the consolation bracket at the state softball tournament this afternoon. The Rangers fell behind early and never mounted a rally as unranked Orono earned a 3-0 win in the first round of play in North Mankato. Sam Hartmann hurled a two-hit shutout and the Spartans moved on to face Maple Grove in the semifinals. Forest Lake takes on Big Lake at 9 a.m. on Friday.