By PATRICK SLACK
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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.
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.