Softball: Royalton opens season by blanking St. John’s 30-0, topping West Central 17-1

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Royalton sophomore left fielder Brandi Smekofske chases down a fly ball down the line in Friday's game against St. John's Prep. The catch helped keep the Johnnies hitless in the Royals' 30-0 victory.

The Royalton softball team annihilated St. John’s Prep and West Central Area by a combined score of 47-1 in Friday’s season-opening home tri.

In the opener, the Royals shut out St. John’s 30-0, with senior Amy Vannurden tossing a no-hitter on the mound.

Sophomore Jacquline Nichols led Royalton offensively with three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

Senior Allison Popp added a pair of hits and crossed the plate four times.

In the nightcap, Royalton topped West Central 17-1 before darkness brought a merciful early ending to the contest.

Vannurden and freshman Haley Olson handled the pitching duties, with neither allowing a hit.

Popp went 3-for-3 with a triple, home run and four RBIs.

Royalton plays at St. John’s Prep this afternoon.


St. John’s  0   0
Royalton  30  6

Royalton—Jacquline Nichols: 3-4, 2-R, 2-RBI; Allison Popp: 2-4, 2B, 4-R; WP-Amy Vannurden: 5-IP, 0-R, 0-H, 3-BB, 2-K.

Royalton senior Amy Vannurden delivers a pitch to the plate during Friday's game against St. John's Prep. Vannurden threw a no-hit shutout in the 30-0 win.

West Central  1   0
Royalton      17  10

Royalton—Allison Popp: 3-3, 3B, HR, 4-RBI; Amy Vannurden: 2-IP, 1-R, 0-ER, 0-H, 2-BB, 1-K; Haley Olson, 1-IP, 0-R, 0-H, 3-BB, 1-K.