The Watertown-Mayer softball team is 5-3 after a busy week that included two doubleheaders and a tournament.
The Royals started the week by sweeping a doubleheader from Sibley East at home on Tuesday, April 30. Later in the week, the Royals lost Game 1 of a road doubleheader to LeSueur-Henderson, but rallied to win Game 2. And on Saturday, May 4, the Royals played in the Alexandria Tournament, where they lost their first game but pounded out 20 runs in a 20-14 win over Alexandria in their second game.
Royals 6, Sibley East 3
Lily Reinert and alyssa Kolb led the way for the Royals in Game 1 of a home doubleheader sweep against Sibley East, each collecting two hits and an RBI in a 6-3 win.
The Royals grabbed an early lead with a run in the first inning on Kolb’s RBI single, and broke things open with four runs in the second inning. Christine Kraetz and Reinert both had hits in the inning for the Royals, when they capitalized on two walks and an error.
Watertown-Mayer added one more run in the third inning when Amanda Wabbe led off with a single, Ashley Wiswell added a hit later in the inning, and the Royals once again took advantage of a Sibley East error.
Christine Kreatz pitched for the Royals, allowing three runs — two earned — on just two hits while striking out 10 and walking five.
Royals 10, Sibley East 1
Watertown-Mayer pushed across 10 runs on 13 hits — including two apiece from Taylor Moynagh, Wiswell and Caitlyn Kammerer, to complete the doubleheader sweep of Sibley East with a 10-1 win.
The Royals got one in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth before breaking things wide open with a five-run fifth inning. Kolb led off with a single, and Wiswell, Kreatz, Kammerer, Lacey Sullivan and Moynagh all had hits for the Royals in the inning.
Kammerer was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs to lead the Royals offensively, while Moynagh was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Wiswell was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Sullivan, Megan Kreatz, Reinert, Kolb, Christine kreatz, Alexa Anderson and Victoria Lynch all had hits for the Royals.
Reinert went the distance on the mound, allowing only one earned run on five hits in seven innings. She struck out seven and walked none in the complete game victory.
“With all the doubleheaders scheduled this season, it has been very nice to have the luxury of having two quality pitchers and depth defensively,” Watertown-Mayer coach Scott Isakson said.
WSH 10, Royals 1
Caitlin Kammerer went 2-for-2 with a triple and the team’s lone RBI to lead the Royals in Game 1 of a doubleheader at LeSueur-Henderson on Thursday, May 2, a 10-1 loss for the Royals.
The Giants took a 4-0 lead in the second inning, and also added three runs during a big fifth inning. The Royals only run came in the fifth when Alexa Anderson singled with two outs and scored on a triple from Kammerer.
Kreatz started in the circle for the Royals and worked four innings, giving way to freshman Anna Barfknecht, who made her varsity pitching debut in relief, striking out four in her two innings of work.
“Christine and Anna did a nice job of pitching as they only allowed six hits, but the errors and the walks were too much to overcome,” Isakson said.
Royals 4, LSH 3
The Royals avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win over LeSueur-Henderson in Game 2, in which they recorded nine hits against tough Giant hurler Carley Brandt. Four of those hits came from Kammerer, who was red-hot on the day, going 6-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs overall, including 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in the Game 2 victory.
“Our girls did a nice job of adjusting from Game 1 to Game 2, and that allowed us to pound out nine hits against one of the best pitchers in the area,” Isakson said. “It was nice to see our kids bounce back and pick up a win after a very tough first game.”
Due to an injury, Christine Kreatz had to bounce back and pitch all seven innings in Game 2 after pitching four innings in the Game 1 loss. She struck out nine and walked only six, allowing just three unearned runs on five hits in picking up the victory.
“Christine showed a lot of heart in Game 2, and that leadership in the circle helped us pull out the win,” Isakson said.
Chelsea Wandersee went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run for the Royals, and Moynagh, Wabbe and Megan Kreatz also had hits for the Royals.
The Royals already hosted a conference doubleheader against Mayer Lutheran this week on Tuesday, May 7, and will return to action Thursday, May 9, for a doubleheader at home against Jordan at 4 p.m. They’ll also play in a tournament at Becker on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m., and will play a road doubleheader against Tri City United at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in Le Center, and a home doubleheader against Norwood Young America at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.
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