Swanville Softball

Infielder  Jacquline Nichols, senior, Royalton  Nichols, the Record All-Area Player of the Year, was not only a local standout, but one of the premier players in the state this spring, being selected to play in the Minnesota All-Star Series. Nichols was nearly impossible for opposing pitchers to retire, hitting .623 with an on-base percentage of [...]

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Royalton vs. Upsala softball photo gallery Recaps from Tuesday’s first round of the Sub-Section 5A West playoffs:   No. 4 Royalton 10, No. 5 Upsala 9 Fourth-seeded Royalton slugged four home runs, then sweated out a tense seventh inning, as it edged visiting fifth-seeded Upsala 10-9 in Tuesday’s opening round of the Sub-Section 5A West [...]

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Swanville had some trouble throwing the ball over the plate. Eagle Valley had more trouble keeping Bulldogs from crossing the plate. To be more specific, Eagle Valley couldn’t find a way to stem the tide in the fifth inning, as Swanville erupted for 13 runs to break a 2-2 tie as it gained a split [...]

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It’s much easier said than done. But odds are, when a team doesn’t commit an error in the field, it is going to come out on top. That was the case for Upsala, May 2, as it did all of its damage in a three-run third inning to edge host Royalton 3-2. Junior pitcher Kristin [...]

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Royalton faced its two biggest tests of the season in successive fashion, dropping a pair of close games to Browerville and Eden Valley-Watkins. Matched up against visiting Browerville on a dreary day, April 24, the Royals led 5-4 after four innings, but after the Tigers regained control with a 10-5 lead, had a late comeback [...]

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Neither team had much trouble getting runners on base. The difference came in converting those base runners into runs, with Upsala executing superbly to churn out a 10-0 shutout in six innings over visiting Swanville, April 11. Junior Simone Grittner went 3-for-3 for Swanville. Junior Mariah Prokott earned the win pitching for Upsala, and along [...]

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Pierz Pioneer Invite track and field meet The Pierz girls took first and the boys earned second out of eight teams at its home Pioneer Invite track and field meet, Friday. The Holdingford boys took third and girls took fifth while the Royalton boys and girls each finished seventh. Event winners in the boys competition [...]

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Last spring’s condensed schedule was hard enough on veteran teams. On teams trying to break in new starters, especially pitchers, it was downright cruel. “Last year we spent eight weeks in the gym and squeezed the entire season into three weeks,” Swanville head coach Tom Bzdok said. “We didn’t have time to work on anything [...]

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