Royal softball team falls to Mound-Westonka in playoffs

By Matt Bunke, Community Editor

When the season started in early April, Scott Isakson said the main goal for his Watertown-Mayer softball team this year was for the Royals to be playing their best softball at the end of the year.

Last week, he said his team was doing just that, but it wasn’t quite enough for the third-seeded Royals to pull of an upset of second-seeded Mound-Westonka in the second round of the Section XA A playoffs in Delano.

Watertown-Mayer rallied from a 2-0 deficit on Tuesday, May 22 to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning against the Whitehawks, but Mound-Westonka exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the inning to put things out of reach and end the season for Watertown-Mayer.

"The girls continued to play hard all season, and we were playing our best softball at the end of the year," Isakson said.

Mound-Westonka scored twice in the bottom of the third inning off Watertown-Mayer starting pitcher Katelyn O’Brien to break a scoreless tie, but the Royals answered back a few innings later. Lily Reinert led off the inning with a single, and with one out, Chelsea Wandersee’s double drove in the first run to bring the Royals within a run.

Taylor Moynagh followed by tying the game with a triple, and Anna Motzko drove her in with a groundout to first. However, Mound-Westonka didn’t wait long to reclaim the lead, scoring eight times in the bottom of the inning to advance to the subsection championship game.

"Up until the fifth inning, Katelyn had been pitching very well," Isakson said of his senior starting pitcher. "She kept the Mound hitters off balance and allowed the defense to do its job."

Moynagh led the offense by going 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run scored, and Lacey Sullivan went 2-for-3 with a double. Reinert, Wandersee and Ashley Anfinson had the other hits for the Royals.

Watertown-Mayer finished with a 10-11 record on the season. Look for a wrap up story on the Royals in the coming weeks.