Woodbury baseball: Three-game stretch compiles 31 runs
Wins include 20-0 defeat of Hastings
By Matthew Davis
After a tough loss to Roseville, Woodbury never allowed a run again in the second week of May.
The Royals downed Park 6-0, Tartan 5-0 and Hastings 20-0 as they look to claim the Suburban East Conference title this week. They will need to beat Cretin-Derham Hall this week and most likely run the table to secure the crown.
“We played defense and a little better offense as the week went on,” Royals coach Kevin McDermott said.
Defense hurt the Royals against Roseville in their Monday, May 5, loss. The Raiders escaped with a 4-3 win after the Royals had taken a 2-1 lead through one inning. Woodbury gave up three unanswered runs.
“We did not make enough plays in that game,” McDermott said.
Three or four errors did not help either. It negated a strong pitching performance by Brady Mundahl with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
“All those errors hurt us,” McDermott said.
Nonetheless, the Royals (11-3, 10-3 SEC) returned to their winning ways. Nick McLaughlin drove in three runs for the 5-0 win over Tartan at Midway Stadium on Tuesday, May 6. Jacob Dickmeyer earned the win on the mound with seven strikeouts in six innings.
The Royals then cruised past Park 6-0 on Wednesday, May 7, and then Hastings 20-0 on Friday, May 9. Nick Yochum drove in five runs against the Raiders.
Now begins a busy home stretch of SEC play for the Royals.
Woodbury began play this week with a home game against Stillwater and a road game Tuesday against Forest Lake.
The Royals travel Wednesday to Mounds View, then play at home on Friday against White Bear Lake. The week closes with a road game on Saturday against Cretin-Derham Hall.
Woodbury’s regular season finale is May 19 against Rosemount.