By Tyler Ohmann
The Royalton softball team advanced to the double elimination portion of the Section 6A Tournament with a 13-3 win over Belgrade-
Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) in six innings, Tuesday.
The game started out a bit slow as the Jaguars led 1-0 early and the game was tied 3-3 entering the fourth innings.
“I got a little bit nervous there for a second, but once we cracked it open I was really happy,” said senior shortstop Jordyn Bzdok, who scored three runs.
That crack came in the form of a seven-run fourth inning for the Royals, who took advantage of a few BBE mistakes.
“They had good defense, but we sting the ball a lot, and eventually we found our way and they made a couple errors,” Bzdok said.
The Royals added two more in the fifth, leaving the bases loaded, but scored the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth.
In total, Royalton clubbed 11 hits, including three from sophomore Jenna Carlson. Freshman Macey Petron was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
“In past years we haven’t had the best offense, but this year coach Lieser and Hagman and others have really pushed our offense,” Bzdok said. “I think that’s really helped us a lot and we’ve gotten many more hits and stolen bases as well.”
The Royals were aggressive on the base paths and stole several bases in the victory.
Royalton continued to the double elimination portion of the tournament in Minnewaska, Thursday, playing Parker’s Prairie, but results were unavailable by press time.
Win or lose the Royals played again that night. If they advanced they’d play again in Minnewaska, Tuesday.
In other Section 6A action, Upsala and Swanville’s seasons came to a close, Tuesday.
The Cardinals were bested 9-7 by Browerville/Eagle Valley. Upsala finished the season at 7-13.
Swanville lost 11-1 to Parker’s Prairie in six innings to conclude the season at 2-14.
The win over BBE was a bit of a come back effort after the Royals dropped their final two regular season games.
The first was a 3-2 loss to Pillager, May 18.
Despite senior Amy Neu’s two hits and Carlson’s RBI, the Royals were defeated by the Huskies.
Royalton lost its season finale against Little Falls, May 19, 6-5.
The game was a back and forth affair, as Little Falls did not take the lead for good until the top of the fifth.
Royalton did not give up either, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to draw within one, but could not muster another as Little Falls won its fourth game of the year.
Flyers senior Chelsea Moran went deep and added a triple, driving in three runs to pace the Little Falls offense.
Allison Hoheisel was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Royalton was led by Bzdok’s two runs and two runs and an RBI by Carlson.
Little Falls lost 1-0 to Big Lake, May 18.
Angela Meschke and Moran each had hits. Mammenga pitched well, allowing just two hits and no earned runs in six full innings.
The 4-16 Flyers received the No. 7 seed in the Section 8AAA playoffs and played at Alexandria, Thursday, but results were unavailable.
Win or lose, the Flyers play again, Monday.