By Tyler Ohmann
The regular season has come to a close, and for Royalton, Swanville and Upsala, it ended with a bit of a whimper.
For Royalton, three of the final four games were tough losses.
The Royals began this slide with a 6-4 loss at Browerville/Eagle Valley (BEV).
Royalton led 2-0, but allowed six runs in the final three innings to the Tigers.
Erin Zapzalka scored and drove in a run in the loss for the Royals.
Osakis swept the Royals in dramatic fashion, May 12.
Royalton and Osakis were tied 3-3 and went to extra innings. The score remained deadlocked until the 10th when Osakis scored eight times.
Royalton tried to answer, scoring three, but couldn’t get anymore.
Royalton freshman Macey Petron scored twice and drove in a run. Allyson Waletski had a triple and two RBIs.
In game two, Osakis led 18-7, but the Royals scored six to keep hope alive, however, Osakis earned the win 18-13.
Jenna Carlson and Petron both drove in three RBIs. Kayley Kolbo was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
The Royals bounced back with a 10-0, five-inning win over Isle, Tuesday.
Senior Laura Huls paced Royalton with a 2-for-2 day at the plate and two RBIs. Petron scored three times.
However, the biggest performance was on the mound by Carlson, who allowed only one hit in the shutout win.
Swanville was also 1-3 in their last four contests.
May 11, the Bulldogs were bested 17-2 in five innings by Osakis.
Senior Kiley Loven led Swanville with a 2-for-2 day at the plate, and scored both Bulldogs runs.
The Bulldogs were swept in short order by Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, May 12.
In game one, LPGE took an early lead and never let go in a 16-5, six-inning win.
Mackenzie Feuling ripped two hits and drove in two runs for Swanville.
The Thunder earned another six inning win in game two, topping Swanville 16-6.
Swanville led 3-1, but allowed 15 runs in five innings to fall to the Thunder.
Becca Taylor went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the loss.
The Bulldogs did rebound with a 15-10 win over BEV, Monday.
Avery Jackson was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Taylor was 3-for-5 with a triple for the Bulldogs.
Lastly, Upsala was beaten four times in five games.
The Cardinals fell 12-11 to LPGE, May 11, 6-3 to BEV, May 12 until an 11-5 win over Crosby-Ironton, Monday.
The win over CI was the first game of a doubleheader. Upsala played Kimball in the second half of the doubleheader, and lost 21-0 in four innings.
Lastly, BEV came back to win 8-5 over the Cardinals, Tuesday.
Upsala (6-11), Royalton (11-5) and Swanville (2-16) will begin Section 6A playoffs, Wednesday. Match-ups were not set as of press time.