After a disappointing 5-1 loss to Belle Plaine Monday, the Royals’ boy’s baseball team put everything together last week, taking two straight from Jordan and improving to 6-3 on the season.
On Tuesday’s, May 6 game against Jordan, the Royals received an A-plus performance from ace pitcher Michael Herd on the mound. Herd pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out 11 hitters.
“Herd pithed a great game only giving up one run,” said WMHS coach Justin Stohs. “The defense made plays and the offense continually put hits together and score.”
Although the Royals’ pitching and defense took care of most of the responsibility, WMHS’ top of the order solidified the Royals’ dominance over Jordan. WMHS one through four batters combined to compile 10 hits, seven runs batted in, six walks and six runs scored.
Game two against Jordan Friday night was a closer game, but the Royals produced similar results.
With the game knotted up at six entering the 10th inning, Royals’ shortstop Jordan Berrios stepped to the plate.
In the eighth inning, Berrios almost broke the 6-6 tie with a towering double that bounced off the top of the fence, narrowly missing a home run. The Royals failed to bring Berrios across in the eighth and the game was pushed into extras.
This time in the 10th, Berrios again hit another bomb, this time clearing the fence for a two-run home run, giving the Royals the eventual 8-6 win.
“It was great to see him get the big HR to complete the game,” said Stohs. “He has been hitting the ball well lately and to see him come through when we needed it is a big confidence booster for the team.”
Zach Iten and Andrew Nichols teamed up to only allow six Jordan hits for the game, although all of Jordan’s six hits were timely and led to runs.
The Royals on the other hand compiled for 17 hits and had plenty of opportunity to put the game out of reach, but Jordan’s pitcher Jacob Allen stayed strong and worked out of trouble all night.
WMHS’ Adam Grotbo was all over the base pads for the Royals, recording four hits and really setting the tone with his plate appearances. Grotbo doubled in the 10th, setting the stage for Barrios’ two-run game winning homer.
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