It didn’t take the Watertown-Mayer softball team long to brew up a little drama this season.
After losing it’s first game of the season, 4-3 to Belle Plaine in the first game of a doubleheader, the Royals responded in thrilling fashion by taking Game 2, 5-4, when they threw up the potential game-tying run at the plate to end the game in the seventh inning.
With the Royals clinging to a 5-4 lead and the tying run on first base, Belle Plaine’s McKenzie Keopp blasted a double over the head of Watertown-Mayer left fielder Taylor Moynagh. However, Moynagh chased the ball down and hit shortstop Chelsea Wandersee, who relayed the ball to third. Lacey Sullivan was able to catch the runner hung out to dry between third and home, and her throw to catcher Alyssa Kolb was in time to end the game.
Kolb also led the Royals at the plate, recording two hits and two RBIs. Also collecting hits for the Royals were Lily Reinert, Taylor Moynagh, Christine Kreatz and Alexa Anderson. Kreatz also picked up the complete-game win on the mound, striking out 11 while walking two. She allowed six hits and four earned runs.
“In Game 2, we did a good job of being ready to go from the start,” Isakson said. “We were able to push across five runs in the first three innings and hang on to that lead for the rest of the game.”
In Game 1, Moynagh led the Royals offensively, collecting three hits, including a double, and an RBI. Kolb added two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Ashley Wiswell and Amanda Wabbe also had one hit each for the Royals.
Reinert took the loss for the Royals in the circle, but enjoyed a solid performance, striking out six, walking none, and allowing three earned runs on six hits.
“It was our first game of the season, and only our second full day outside,” Isakson said. “We showed some rust, but also some promise once we settled down.”
The Royals were also in action Tuesday, April 30, for another Minnesota River Conference doubleheader at home against Sibley East, they’ll return to the field Thursday, May 2, for a doubleheader at LeSueur-Henderson at 4 p.m. The Royals will also play in a tournament in Alexandria on Saturday, May 4.
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