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Woodbury baseball: Wins over East Ridge, Roseville, Forest Lake jump-start Royals’ season

That trip to Florida paid off.

Woodbury’s baseball team went down to Florida recently to get in some scrimmages while the ground in Minnesota remained frozen tundra. Their southern trip bore fruit in the form of a 3-0 start and a win over cross-town rival East Ridge on Thursday, April 10.

East Ridge Raptors coach Brian Sprout said, “(the Royals) are a good team that is capable of winning any game, and we are capable of winning if we clean up the little mistakes that costs us at least two runs.”

A three-run sixth inning put the Royals ahead to stay in a tight game that saw the lead change hands four times. Nick Yan came up big at the plate and on the mound for the white-and-blue.

Yan went 3-for-4 along with three RBI, team highs for both. He also came in to pitch near the end and earned the save.

Luke Ringhofer put the Raptors up 1-0 on a fielder’s choice from Michael Hietpas in the first inning. Brady Mundahl drove home Jack Kohlbeck for the Royals to knot it up 1-1 in the second inning.

Sam Cobbs scurried home to beat a throw and give the black-and-gold a 2-1 edge in the third. Yan then turned the tide in the sixth with a 3-run double. It brought home Logan Welch, Nick McLaughlin and Nick Yochum for a 4-2 white-and-blue lead.

Kyle Orehosky cut the Royals’ lead to a run, 4-3, in the bottom of the seventh. Welch and Ben Meyer sealed the deal for Woodbury in forcing a ground out to the end the game.

Yan picked up the save in two innings’ pitched with two strikeouts. Jacob Dickmeyer earned the win since he came into the game with the Royals behind when Nick Bentley left the mound. Bentley finished with three strikeouts in four innings of pitching. Dickmeyer gave up two hits and no runs in an inning of pitching.

Drew Molin pitched six innings and struck out six for the Raptors in taking the loss. Between the teams’ pitchers, only four batters reached base on walks.

Woodbury withstood three runs in the third inning by the Roseville Raiders and won 7-4 on Friday, April 11.

Dillon Waugh pitched four innings for the white-and-blue and started off ahead in the count 10 times in the game. He allowed only one earned run and fanned three batters.

Waugh received plenty of offensive support as the Royals jumped out to a 5-0 lead in first inning before the Raiders cut it to a 5-3 game in the third inning. The Royals tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth inning to preserve the win.

Nick Yan had three hits for the Royals and Mason Lowe had two. Brady Mundahl drove in two runs, and Nick Yochum drove in one. Overall, the Royals out-hit the Raiders 8-4.

Mundahl came in to pitch the final three innings and struck out four batters to earn the save. He allowed no hits or runs.

Bats looked solid for the Royals as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the first two innings and pounded Forest Lake 10-0.

The Royals out-hit the Rangers 10-2 in the Wednesday, April 9, contest. Nick Yochum had three hits and two RBI, and Sebastian Holte-Mancera had two along with three RBI. Nick McLaughlin also drove in three runs. Ben Meyer pitched five innings and fanned nine batters.

Woodbury (3-0, 3-0 Suburban East) plays Hastings (0-3, 0-2 SEC) on Wednesday at home. After a short break for the Easter weekend, the Royals visit Stillwater (1-1, 1-1 SEC) on Monday, April 21 at 4:15 p.m.

—Matthew Davis