By PATRICK SLACK
Royalton breezed past visiting Upsala 9-2 in the first game of a Prairie Conference doubleheader, May 2.
The Cardinals didn’t take long to answer back in the finale, blitzing the Royals for 12 first-inning runs before hanging on for a 13-8 triumph.
Senior Hannah Fussy slugged three hits and junior Jacquline Nichols went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead Royalton in the opener, with sophomore Haley Olson picking up the complete-game win.
Senior Alissa Zehrer and junior Kaelin Smieja each had two hits for the Cardinals.
Smieja followed with another multi-hit effort for Upsala in the second game, with sophomore Kristin Wuebkers earning the win pitching.
Freshman Kayla Eli belted a triple and homer, driving in three runs for the Royals.
Royalton breaks away late twice to sweep Swanville
Royalton broke open a pair of back-and-forth games in the late innings twice to record an 18-5, 6-2 sweep over host Swanville, Tuesday.
After a scoreless first inning in the opening contest, the two teams traded three runs apiece in the second, with Royalton carrying a slim 5-4 edge into the fourth.
The Royals pulled away from there, though, striking for nine runs in the fourth and another four in the fifth to claim the victory via the 10-run rule.
Freshman Bethany Cimenski and Olson each piled up two hits and three runs and Eli homered again for the Royals.
Seniors Tiffany Barthel and Abbey Schultz, junior Ashley Maciej and sophomore Simone Grittner picked up two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.
Swanville jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the first in game two, but Royalton scored six unanswered the rest of the way to complete the sweep.
Olson went 2-for-3 with two runs and senior Kalee Petron and junior Katelyn Kasella each scored and knocked in a run for Royalton.
Barthel and Grittner collected Swanville’s two hits.
Royals plate 22 runs to defeat Wheaton, fall to West Central
Royalton allowed 15 runs in a pair of games played at West Central Area, May 3, falling 15-5 to the host Knights before bouncing back to win a 22-15 marathon over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.
Ten different players had hits for the Royals against Wheaton, which avoided the 10-run rule with four runs in the fifth and eight in the sixth, but never threatened to even up the score.
Nichols put together a massive game to lead the Royals, going 5-for-6 with two doubles, three runs and three RBIs.
Olson went 3-for-5 with three runs, with junior Brandi Smekofske, sophomore Maddy Block and freshmen Payton Johnson and Nicole Popp each driving in multiple runs.
Nichols also registered two hits and two runs versus West Central Area.
LPGE outlasts Royals in nine
Royalton scored five runs in the top of the first.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) answered with five in the bottom of the first.
Then, seven scoreless frames followed, until the host Thunder finally broke through with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the ninth to edge Royalton 6-5, Monday.
Olson and Popp each went 2-for-5 with a run and Petron doubled for the Royals at the plate.
Upsala splits with Rebels,
falls to Kimball Area
Upsala bounced back from a 15-6 loss to visiting Kimball Area, May 3, to gain a Prairie Conference split against Eagle Valley, Tuesday, winning the opening game 11-10 before dropping the finale 10-5.
Zehrer went 3-for-3 and junior Katie Ripplinger added two hits for Upsala versus Kimball.
Swanville stymied by
defending Prairie champs
With only one departed graduate from last year’s Prairie Conference champion roster, powerful Browerville knocked off host Swanville 19-4, Monday.
The Bulldogs did accumulate 11 hits in the game, including two apiece from Barthel, Grittner, senior Marissa Evans and eighth-grader Kiley Loven.