Woodbury baseball: Royals rally, down East Ridge
Woodbury junior Nick Yan danced out of danger on the mound and later helped preserve a win with his defense.
Yan threw six innings and started the seventh but was lifted after giving up a double as the Royals clung to a two-run lead. Forest Lake had a chance to advance the runner to third with a fly ball to right field, but Yan, who moved to right field after getting pulled from the mound, delivered a dart to the cutoff man to prevent the Rangers from advancing the runner.
Woodbury senior Josh Sharp closed the door with one inning of work to give the Royals a 7-5 victory Thursday over Forest Lake in Woodbury.
Yan gave up five runs, two earned, on 11 hits, walked one and struck out two for the win.
"I thought he really competed and made big pitches several times in clutch situations," Royals head coach Kevin McDermott said. "I thought he'd a great job."
Yan also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk while senior Sawyer Moon provided a single to score the go-ahead run for the Royals in the sixth inning.
"We bumped him back into the four-hole and he's been clutching up a lot for us," McDermott said of Moon. "He's much more consistent, much more under control at the plate."
Woodbury senior Ryan Winter came through with a two-run base hit in the sixth to tie the game and finished 2-for-4 with a run. Sharp finished 2-for-3 with a run and RBI. Royals senior Quinten Strub went 2-for-3 with a run as well.
"We've seen more guys this year battle with two strikes and extend at-bats and find ways to get on with two strikes than I've seen," McDermott said.
After Woodbury (10-7, 9-7 SEC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Rangers (12-4, 12-4 SEC) came back to tie it in the third inning. Forest Lake took a 4-1 lead with a three-run fourth inning.
The Royals didn't blink in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of their own to tie the game again. The Rangers regained the lead with a run in the fifth to make it 5-4 at the time.
Woodbury continued its hot streak by winning its third game in four chances Friday with a 12-5 victory over district rival East Ridge in Woodbury.
The Royals got their bats going in the sixth inning to rally from a 5-1 deficit to take a 7-5 lead. Woodbury added to its lead with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Royals finished with 14 hits in the game, including multi-hit games from senior Ryan Scanlon, Winter, Strub, Moon and senior Josh Sharp.
Sharp went 2-for-3 with two runs and RBI. Sharp also hit two of the team's five doubles in the game. Strub drove in three runs while Moon and Yan drove in two runs each.
Before winning its past three games, Woodbury couldn't hold off White Bear Lake Wednesday in a 4-2 loss in White Bear Lake.
The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but that didn't last long with the Bears. White Bear Lake responded in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2.
The Bears took the lead in the sixth inning with a pair of runs and hung on for the win.
Scanlon and Moon drove in the only runs for Woodbury. Moon finished 2-for-3 while freshman Sebastian Holte-Mancera, sophomore Jordan Wilkerson, senior David Stickels and Strub had base hits.
Senior Nate Wallgren allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits, walked two and struck out two in the loss.
The loss came following a 10-7 victory over White Bear Lake in the first game of the doubleheader.
After the Bears came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Royals put together a four-run fifth inning and tacked on two more runs in the sixth.
Woodbury junior Ben Meyer went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs. Scanlon drove in three runs and went 1-for-3 with two runs. Winter finished 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI. Strub had two hits, a run and an RBI while Sharp went 2-for-4 with two runs.
Royals junior Dillon Waugh got the win in relief of starter Brandon Mazur. Waugh allowed three runs on five hits and struck out one.
To start the week Mounds View swept a doubleheader Monday against Woodbury with a 6-3 and 11-4 victory in Woodbury.
The Royals made three errors in each game and struggled to produce runs in each game.
Woodbury had 10 hits in the 6-3 opening loss of the doubleheader with Winter and Sharp leading the team with two hits each. Meyer and Winter had the only two RBI for the team.
Meyer lasted six innings on the mound and gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits. Meyer walked one and struck out one.
The Mustangs used a five-run fifth inning to overpower the Royals in the second game after Woodbury had just climbed to within two runs.
Mounds View led 3-0 after the second inning but Woodbury managed to tie it in the third inning.
The Mustangs regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth and added two more runs in the fourth before breaking the game open.
Winter led the Royals with a 2-for-4 performance with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
Strub drove in two runs with a 1-for-3 day at the plate and Moon added the team's other RBI.
Woodbury junior Nick Bentley went five innings on the mound and gave up 11 runs, six earned, on 11 hits. Bentley walked one and struck out one.