Royals baseball team splits season-opening doubleheader

TWMHS Logohe Watertown-Mayer baseball team waited nearly a month to finally get its season started, and when it finally did last Friday, things got off to a rocky start.

Thankfully, thanks to what will no doubt be a busy schedule the rest of the season, the Royals didn’t have to wait long to turn things around. After an 11-1 loss to Belle Plaine in the first game of what will be seven conference doubleheaders this season, the Royals rebounded by defeating the Tigers, 10-2 in the second game.

“In the first game, we were unable to get things going at the plate and on the mound,” Watertown-Mayer coach Justin Stohs said. “In the second game, everything turned around. Our pitchers got ahead of hitters and our hitters got hot. We got a lot of timely hitting and drove the ball.”

After accumulating just three hits in the first game, the Royals more than quadrupled that number in Game 2, pounding out 13 hits, including three from Matt Elsenpeter, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Andrew Nichols also went 2-for-3 with a team-best three RBIs, and he scored a couple of runs as well.

Brendan Weege was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, and Mark Sandquist was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Joe Reinert was 2-for-2 and drove in a run while scoring twice, and Nick Tschida went 2-for-4 and scored a run.

The Royals also got strong performances on the mound from Michael Herd and Andrew Nichols. Herd started and went four innings, allowing two runs, but only of them earned. He struck out three and allowed three hits. Nichols allowed one hit and no runs in two innings of relief, with two strikeouts and no walks.

In the first game, the Royals got one hit apiece from Nichols, Reinert and Tschida, with Elsenpeter driving in the only run. Max Zitzloff took the loss for the Royals, while Weege and P.J. Hangartner each pitched in relief.

The Royals were back in action Monday with their home opener, another doubleheader against Sibley East. They’ll also play a doubleheader Thursday, May 2, at LeSueur-Henderson and on Monday, May 6, at Mayer Lutheran. Both of those doubleheaders begin at 4 p.m.



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