Woodbury softball: Royals score wins over Roseville, Mounds View
Talk about a rebound performance.
One week removed from a double-header where Woodbury gave up a combined 27 runs, the Royals bounced back and built a 5-3 record behind big wins over Roseville and Mounds View.
Woodbury began the week on April 29 with a double-header - the second of many the Royals will play this spring, due to a long stretch of inclement weather that barred play - at home against Mounds View.
Woodbury won the first game 8-5 behind a strong outing from junior pitcher Caitlin Balsimo, who allowed five on the way to her second win of the season. Three Woodbury batters - Kait Shea, Anna Torgerson and Jamie Reetz - drove in two runs apiece.
The Royals lost 11-1 in the second game against the Mustangs, who amassed 14 hits against the Royals.
Balsimo remained in top form later in the week when the Royals traveled to Roseville for another double-header. The pitcher allowed just five hits in the 4-1 win, prompting Woodbury softball coach Bob Samson to call it Balsimo's "best performance as a Royal."
Torgerson, a senior, accounted for all four of Woodbury's runs, courtesy of a fourth-inning grand slam she hit to left-center field.
In the second game, Woodbury's Brooke Pantila managed to outduel her opponent in the narrow 1-0 win, where Samson said defense was the name of the game.
"Jamie Reetz, Kait Shea and Tori Erickson made spectacular defensive plays to go with sound defense by the rest of the Royals," he said.
Woodbury's lone run came on a solo blast by Shea - her first ever home run.
The Royals hit the road Monday, May 6, to play defending state champions Stillwater in a double-header.
Woodbury plays host Wednesday, May 8, to White Bear Lake in a double-header that begins at 3:45 p.m. The Royals close out the week with a rivalry match-up against Park at 11 a.m. Saturday at Charlie Whitbred Field in Cottage Grove.