The Watertown-Mayer softball team put itself in contention for a possible Minnesota River Conference title last week, sweeping a pair of doubleheaders from Mayer Lutheran and Jordan.
On Tuesday, May 7, the Royals opened the week with 18-0 and 27-5 victories at home against Mayer Lutheran. On Thursday, May 9, the Royals stayed hot by winning 7-1 and 6-5 decisions over Jordan, also at home.
The four conference victories gave the Royals an 8-2 record in the conference heading into this week, just a game behind Norwood Young America (9-1) for the conference lead with a doubleheader between those two teams set for Tuesday, May 14, to close the regular season, after this edition went to press. The Royals also played a conference doubleheader against Tri-City United on Monday, May 13.
The Royals open section play on Friday, May 17, at home against Fridley at 4:30 p.m.
Royals 18, LHS 0
The Royals wasted little time getting the bats going with a six-run first inning, giving Watertown-Mayer all the offense it needed in support of Lily Reinert, who went the distance in the circle, throwing a five-inning, one-hit shutout in which she struck out eight.
But the Royals bats kept going regardless, adding two more in the second, one more in the third and nine more in the fourth.
Lacey Sullivan led the Royals’ offense by going 3-for-4 with five RBIs, including a first-inning inside-the-park home run to deep right-center field. Ashley Wiswell was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Chelsea Wandersee was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Alyssa Kolb was 2-for-3, and Alexa Anderson had a hit and two RBIs.
Royals 27, LHS 5
After a one-run first inning, the Royals’ bats exploded the rest of the way, beginning with a 12-run second-inning.
The Royals were held off the board in the third, but added nine more in the fourth and five more in the fifth to cruise to victory.
Caitlin Kammerer went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs to lead the Royals’ offense, which pounded out 22 hits. Taylor Moynagh was 4-for-5 and scored four runs.
Ashley Wiswell was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Chelsea Wandersee was 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Amanda Wabbe was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Alyssa Kolb was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs, Lily Reinert was 2-for-4 with two runs and Alexa Anderson was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Reinert got the start on the mound, allowing five runs, only two of which were earned, while striking out four.
Royals 7, Jordan 1
Jordan took a 1-0 lead with a run in the second inning, but it was all Watertown-Mayer starter Lily Reinert would allow as the Royals came back for a 7-1 win.
Reinert allowed only one earned run on three hits in seven innings of work, striking out seven and walking five.
Watertown-Mayer took the lead with two runs in the third inning and never gave it up, adding two runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth for good measure.
Wandersee had four of the Royals’ 12 hits, finishing 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Wiswell went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair, Taylor Moynagh was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, Kolb was 2-for-3 with a run, and Reinert drove in two runs.
Royals 6, Jordan 5
It took extra innings, but Taylor Moynagh’s RBI single in the top of the eighth gave the Royals a 6-5 lead and eventually a doubleheader sweep of Jordan.
Watertown-Mayer led 5-4 after six innings, but Jordan got a run in the seventh to tie the game.
Moynagh finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Wandersee was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Caitlin Kammerer finished 2-for-3 and Reinert was 2-for-5.
Christine Kreatz went all eight innings in the circle for the Royals, allowing five runs, none of which were earned. She struck out six, walked only two, and surrendered eight hits.
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