The Watertown-Mayer softball team closed the regular season last week by splitting Minnesota River Conference doubleheaders against Norwood Young America and Tri City United.
By going 2-2 in MRC play, the Royals closed the season with a 10-4 conference record, good for a tie for second place with Belle Plaine. Norwood Young America won the conference title by finished 12-2.
The Royals also opened the playoffs with a 2-0 win over home win over Fridley on Friday, May 17, though stats from that game were not yet available as of press time. With that win, the third-seeded Royals advanced to play second-seeded Rockford on Tuesday in Delano. The winner of that game would play Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m., against either top-seeded Delano, fourth-seeded Mound-Westonka or fifth-seeded Providence Academy in Delano. The winner of that game advances to the section championship game on May 28 in Watertown.
The Royals also played in the Becker Invite on Saturday, May 11, where they went 1-2, with the lone win coming against Wayzata. Overall, the Royals finished the season with a 12-7 record.
Royals 5, TCU 3
Watertown-Mayer got three runs in the third and two in the sixth, and then held on after Tri City United got a two-run homer in the seventh inning to preserve the win in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Monday, May 13.
A leadoff walk for Alyssa Kolb ignited the Royals’ three-run third inning, and Amanda Wabbe, Christine Kreatz and Taylor Moynagh followed with three consecutive singles. A couple of subsequent TCU errors allowed the Royals to tack on more damage before the end of the inning.
Cheslea Wandersee, Ashley Wiswell and Caitlin Kammerer led off the two-run sixth-with three consecutive singles before Lacey Sullivan drove in a run with sacrifice fly. Wabbe added an RBI single later in the inning.
Wandersee finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run and Wabbe was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Moynagh also had two hits while Lily Reinert, Wiswell, Kammerer, Sullivan and Kreatz all had one.
TCU 6, Royals 4
The Royals couldn’t complete the doubleheader sweep despite a comeback effort that saw them score three runs in the final two innings.
TCU came out strong in Game 2, taking a 3-0 lead after one inning and tacking on two more runs in the second to go ahead 5-0.
Watertown-Mayer got a run in the third when Lacey Sullivan followed three straight two-out walks with an RBI single. However, TCU got the run right back in the fourth before Watertown-Mayer mounted its comeback effort.
Trailing 6-1, the Royals got two runs in the sixth when Sullivan and Kolb both had hits and Alexa Anderson hit a sacrifice fly. The Royals got one more run in the seventh, but stranded several runners on base.
The Royals had only four hits in the game, with Sullivan leading the way by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Moynagh and Kolb had the other two hits.
NYA 12, Royals 1
In the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 14, the Royals struggled to get their bats going and to quiet the NYA offense in a 12-1 loss. The Royals had only four hits in the game: a double from Taylor Moynagh, an RBI single from Amanda Wabbe, and singles from Reinert and Kolb. The Royals lone run came in the fifth inning when Wiswell reached on a one-out error and later scored on Wabbe’s single.
Reinert started on the mound for the Royals and took the loss. She allowed five runs in three innings, but only two of them were earned. The Royals were plagued by three errors.
Royals 7, NYA 5
A seven-run fourth inning was all the Royals needed to prevent a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Norwood Young America.
The Raiders led 3-0 after the first three innings, and were beginning to eye the sweep. But that’s when the Watertown-Mayer offense exploded, beginning with a leadoff single from Chelsea Wandersee. The Royals also got a three-run triple from Moynagh in the inning, along with a singles from Reinert, Ashley Wiswell and Caitlin Kammerer. Watertown-Mayer also drew a pair of walks in the inning.
Moynagh led the offense by finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Kammerer was 2-for-3 with a run. Reinert was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Wiswell was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Lacey Sullivan was 1-for-3 and drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth.
Reinert went all seven innings on the mound, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits.
At the Becker Invite on Saturday, May 11, the Royals opened with an 11-5 loss to Hermantown and a 14-4 loss to Becker before rebounding with a 6-3 win over Wayzata.
A five-run second inning broke the game open for Watertown-Mayer against Wayzata, with all the damage coming after the first two hitters were retired. Wabbe started the rally by drawing a walk, Kammerer singled, Kreatz drew a walk and M Kreatz doubled. Moynagh followed with a single, Reinert walked and Sullivan singled, and suddenly the Royals had a 5-0 lead.
The Royals had only six hits in the win, but they came from six different players, and they certainly made the most of them. Reinert picked up the win on the mound, going all seven innings and allowing three runs on four hits while striking out seven.
In the loss to Hermantown, Wabbe led the way offensively by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. In the loss to Becker, Moynagh led the way by recording two of her team’s five hits.