Royals open baseball season

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The Watertown-Mayer baseball opened the season with a pair of losses, but the Royals played well in the first two home games.

“In our first two games, I was diappointed we were unable to get a win but I was pleased with our effort and growth from game one to game two,” coach Justin Stohs said. “Our pitchers battled and the defense played well. Going forward, I am excited that we are going to have a fun and exciting season.”

Watertown-Mayer 5 Providence Academy 8

Despite a late rally, the Royals fell at the hands of the Providence Academy Lions 8-5 in the season opener April 6

“In our opening game, we did a lot of things well but came up short on the score board,” Stohs said. “I was pleased with how the guys competed but we learned there is a lot of situations to work and improve upon.”

The Lions opened the game with a 5-0 lead, scoring twice in both the first and third innings, before adding a fifth run in the top of the fourth. The Royals refused to buckle to the pressure however, answering with five runs of their own in the next two innings.

In the fourth inning, Kendall Nowlan led-off with a single before moving to third on a Nic Nolan double. Jack Zellman and Nolan Anderson then drove in the two runs.

The Lions answered with two runs of their own, but the Royals came back stronger with three in the bottom of the fifth.

Watertown-Mayer got off to a hot start with the first three batters reaching base. Ed Iten walked in the lead-off role, followed by a double from Drew Thibault and double from Jadrien Keavy that plated the two runners. Ben Thiesen drove in the third run on the next at-bat. The three runs put the score at 7-5, but that was as close as the Royals would get.

The Lions outhit the Royals 12-9, just edging out Watertown-Mayer in the batter’s box.

“On the mound and on defense we did not give up a lot of free bases, Providence Academy just got timely hits took advantage of some mental errors to score their runs,” Stohs said.

Watertown-Mayer 4 Holy Family Catholic 8

The Royals built an early lead in the second game of the season, and the game was tied heading into the final two innings, but a win wasn’t in the cards for Watertown-Mayer Friday night.

“Another tough loss for the Royals Friday night against a good Holy Family team,” Stohs said. “Much like Thursday night, we had opportunities but came up short in a few situations. Going into the sixth inning tied 4-4, it seemed we gave up a couple big hits and didn’t get the big hit and ended up short in the end.”

Despite coming out on the losing end, the Royals played well defensively and got strong efforts on the mound.

“I was pleased with our pitching, Jadrien Keavy, Kevin Burns, and Austin Windsperger all competed on the mound and put the ball over the plate,” Stohs said. “We played well on defense, but were unable to put it together for the win.”

The Fire and the Royals exchanged runs in the first inning, with Zellman scoring Thibault on a double.

Following another run by Holy Family Catholic, Nolan came up with a clutch two-out hit to score three runners to give Watertown-Mayer a 4-2 lead. Iten, Thibault and Theisen loaded the bases, before Nolan emptied them on a single.

The Fire went on to tie the game in the following inning before pulling away in the sixth to win.