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Baseball: Woodbury knocks out Park

Woodbury shortstop Adam Mazur tags out a Park runner at second base in the fourth inning Monday in Woodbury's 9-1 victory. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Park third baseman Lex Lindow make a running catch in shallow left field to take away a hit from Woodbury's Josh Hawksford in the bottom of the fifth inning Monday. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Woodbury senior centerfielder Jake Hall races to get to a long fly ball in the seventh inning. Hall made the catch for the first out of the inning. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Woodbury senior pitcher Jack Horman throws hard in the fourth inning against the Park Wolfpack. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

WOODBURY — Woodbury had it all Monday — good pitching, defense and timely hitting — in a drizzly 9-1 baseball win over visiting Park at home.

Senior Jack Horman pitched the Royals to the victory, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He struck out two and walked none.

"I finally found a rhythm today and started throwing strikes and let my defense work," Horman said. "I put a lot of faith in my defense. All these guys play good defense and when I'm throwing strikes I just know my defense is going to pick up all the stuff and make the plays."

"Also, we hit the ball really well today," Horman added. "We had really good quality at-bats. Guys weren't rushing. They weren't looking to pull the ball."

The Royals played errorless ball behind Horman. Senior first baseman Bradlee Felton led the defense with 11 outs.

On offense, Woodbury knocked out nine hits led by Adam Mazur and Rodney Erickson. Mazur was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Erickson was 2-for-2 with a triple in the bottom of the third and three RBIs.

"Rodney Erickson had a couple of big, two-out RBIs," said Woodbury head coach Kevin McDermott. "He added another big bases-loaded, two-out triple I think it was to score three and he did the same thing at Hudson the other day with a big two-out RBI that tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. We've been kind of missing some of those timing hits, so to get a couple from him the last few games has been huge."

Park opened with a run in the first inning but Woodbury came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. The Royals scored four runs in the third and added two more in the fourth for the final score.

Erickson and Cameron Matz each drove in runs in the third for Woodbury.

Joe Kaminsky finished the final two and a third innings on the mound for the Royals and held Park to just two hits and no runs.

The Royals improved to 5-7 in Suburban East Conference play and 7-8 on the season.

"I was happy with the way Jack pitched the baseball and got ahead of the hitters and made them make plays," McDermott said. "I was happy with the way our defense played today. And our bats were pretty good."

"So all-around, overall, a pretty good baseball game," McDermott added. "We'll take it."

Park slipped to 1-10 in the conference and overall.

Sophomore Matt Wilkerson went 2-for-3 to pace Park at the plate.

Woodbury plays at Stillwater (9-2, 11-3) Wednesday. Park hosts Forest Lake (3-6, 7-6) Wednesday.

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