Royals split doubleheader with Giants

Royals’ middle infielders Andrew Opheim and Jordan Berrios both scramble to cover second base during a Belle Plaine steal attempt in the first inning Monday night. (News staff photo by Christopher Officer)

Royals’ middle infielders Andrew Opheim and Jordan Berrios both scramble to cover second base during a Belle Plaine steal attempt in the first inning Monday night. (News staff photo by Christopher Officer)

Last Friday’s doubleheader provided two different results for the Watertown-Mayer baseball team, who were able to shut out LeSueur-Henderson 4-0 in the opener on May 2, only to fall 7-3 in the matinée rematch to split the pair of games.

WMHS pitcher Michael Herd was spectacular in Game 1, shutting down LeSueur-Henderson, a team that does a great job of making contact and not striking out.

“In Game 1, we had great pitching, great fielding and timely hitting,” WMHS coach Justin Stohs said. “Behind Michael Herd, our defense made all the plays. When we got in scoring position, we were able to put runs across the board.”

Three-hole hitter Nate Zellmann showed aggression, and patience at the plate, drawing two walks, two hits, a run scored and an RBI.

Game 2 however, presented a whole onslaught of problems. The Royals built a lead in the first inning with two early runs. But the Royals held that lead for as long as it would take to grab a concession stand hotdog, as LeSueur-Henderson struck back in the bottom half of the first, posting a 6-run inning; every run scored was before a single out was recorded.

After errors, walks, and a few hits led WMHS starter Andrew Nichols to an early exit, Zach Iten came in relief and was able to weather the storm. The Giants were held to just one run after the first inning.

“We squandered an opportunity to sweep a doubleheader,” Stohs said. “The positive is we were able to get guys in scoring position, but we’re unable to get them to score. We played well for 13 innings, but the one bad inning led us to the loss.”

In late Monday action on May 5, the Royals lost to Belle Plaine 5-1.

 

Contact Christopher Officer at christopher.officer@ecm-inc.com

 
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