Woodbury baseball: Royals run down Tartan, improve to 3-2
Woodbury junior pitcher Ben Meyer walked a tight rope on the mound at times Thursday against Tartan at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, but Meyer battled back from jams to help lead the Royals to a 6-3 victory.
Meyer allowed nine hits, struck out five and walked one in a complete-game effort and worked out of a third inning jam to prevent the Titans from taking the lead.
Woodbury led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning when Tartan loaded the bases after three consecutive hitters reached base with one out. The Titans only got two runs out of the rally to take a 2-1 lead as Meyer limited the damage to keep the Royals in the game.
"We got a big performance from Ben Meyer," Woodbury assistant coach Ben Johnson said. "That's huge to get a complete game because with all the games we have coming up for the rest of the week then our relief guys can be used in later games down the road."
A mental lapse by the Royals allowed the tying run to score when no one covered the plate on a pop up in foul territory along the first base line. The pop up drew Woodbury catcher Sebastian Holte-Mancera away from the plate with a runner on third. Tartan's Jake Jackson alertly tagged from third to score with no one at the plate.
The Titans took the lead when Teddy Klingsporn hit an RBI single. Thomas Hanson reached on an infield single to load the bases again, but Meyer got Kevin Reddy to ground out to end the inning.
The Royals (3-2, 2-2 Suburban East Conference) got a run back to tie it at 2-2 in the top of the fourth when senior Quinten Strub hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score junior Nick Yan, who walked to lead off the inning.
Strub and senior Josh Sharp provided RBI base hits in a four-run fifth inning that gave Woodbury a 6-2 lead. Sharp drove in Holte-Mancera with single to give the Royals a 3-2 lead and three batters later Strub brought in two runs with a two-out single.
"We came out with some clutch two-out hitting," Johnson said.
Sharp finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI while Strub went 1-for-3 with three RBI. Senior Ryan Scanlon went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Yan scored two runs.
Woodbury used its speed to swipe four bases in the game. Senior Ryan Winter stole two bases while Strub and Sharp each had a stolen base.
Meyer settled in on the mound and benefitted from an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning. Meyer breezed through the sixth, but gave up a run in the seventh on a groundout.
Prior to beating Tartan, Woodbury split a SEC doubleheader Monday with Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul
The Royals lost the first 2-1 in a game where they managed just two hits off the Raiders and scored their lone run in the fifth inning.
The lackluster hitting marred an otherwise strong start from junior Nick Bentley. Bentley threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on seven hits. Bentley walked two and struck out three.
Senior Quinten Strub and freshman Sebastian Holte-Mancera accounted for the only hits for Woodbury.
Cretin-Derham Hall struck first with a run in the first inning and followed that up with another run in the second to build an early 2-0 lead.
Royals junior Nick Yan scored in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 2-1.
Seniors Ryan Winter and Josh Sharp helped lead Woodbury to a 3-1 victory in the second game of the day as the two combined for three of the Royals' four hits and scored all three runs.
Winter finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base. Sharp went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run. Senior Ryan Scanlon went 1-for-3 for Woodbury, which struck out nine times.
Yan picked up the win on the mound after allowing one earned run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Yan walked two and struck out three. Junior Dillon Waugh closed out the game by throwing the final 1 1/3 innings. Waugh allowed one hit and walked one.
The Royals faced district rival Park on Monday, after the Bulletin went to press, in Cottage Grove.