Softball: Nichols slams five hits to lead Royalton over Upsala

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Royalton senior Allison Popp, left, records the out at second base as Upsala sophomore Kaelin Smieja attempts to get around her, then fires to first to complete a double play late in the Royals’ 16-4 win at Upsala, Thursday. Popp went 3-for-5 in the game with a double and a triple, while Smieja hit a two-run homer.

Royalton’s bats came to life as the Royals moved to 4-1 in the Prairie Conference with a 16-4 win at Upsala, Thursday.

Sophomore Jacquline Nichols nearly hit for the cycle to lead Royalton, going 5-for-5 with three singles, a triple and a homerun.

Senior Amy Vannurden went 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs while earning the complete-game win on the mound.

Senior Allison Popp added three hits, an RBI and two runs as well.

Upsala sophomore Kaelin Smieja had two hits, including a two-run homer, and senior Miranda Voller went 2-for-3 with a run scored.


Royalton  16
Upsala     4

Royalton—Jacquline Nichols: 5-5, 3B, HR, 3-RBI, 3-R; Amy Vannurden: 4-5, 2B, RBI, 2-R; Allison Popp: 3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2-R; WP-Vannurden: 6-IP, 3-ER, 6-H, 3-BB, 4-K.

Upsala—Kaelin Smieja: 2-3, HR, 2-RBI, R; Miranda Voller: 2-3, R.

Upsala junior first baseman Alissa Zehrer, left, stretches for the throw, but Royalton senior Lexie Lehrke beats it out to reach base during the Royals’ 16-4 win at Upsala, Thursday.

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