By PATRICK SLACK
Royalton went toe-to-toe with conference power Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE), Tuesday, but the host Thunder were able to break a late tie and pull away with an 8-2 win.
The Royals were thrown out at the plate twice in the early innings, but still managed to remain even at 2-2 into the fifth.
It appeared that score would hold until the sixth, but the ball got away from the catcher after what would have been an inning-ending strikeout, allowing LPGE to keep batting and pile up four runs to seize control.
Senior Brandon Lattimer went 2-for-3 and junior Noah Farrell doubled and picked up an RBI for Royalton.
Junior Matt Silbernick scattered seven hits over four innings, allowing only two earned runs.
“Despite the score, we played our best game of the season,” Royalton head coach Rusty Gwost said. “Defensively we made a bunch of nice plays to stay in the game and showed a lot of fire mentally that I haven’t seen yet this season.”
“I was pleased with the way we carried ourselves and I think we earned a little respect from Long Prairie,” he said. “My hope is we will continue to play with this confidence and if we do this, it will equate into some wins later in the year.”
Royalton plays at Onamia, Thursday.