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Woodbury baseball: Royals beat Park 11-1 behind five-hitter, five RBIs from pitcher

Ben Meyer of Woodbury threw eight strikeouts against defending state champion Mounds View on Wednesday, April 23. (Bulletin Photo by Matthew Davis)

Jacob Dickmeyer put on a pitching and hitting clinic for Woodbury against Park on Saturday, April 26.

Dickmeyer held the Royals’ cross-district rival to a run on five hits in an 11-1 victory while fanning only two batters. The Royals pitcher hit 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in five runs.

Beating the Wolfpack came as Woodbury’s second time bouncing back from loss in the past week with a strong performance. The blue-and-white dropped a 3-1 game to White Bear Lake on Friday, April 25 despite a strong pitching game by Nick Bentley.

“It was an anomaly,” Royals coach Kevin McDermott said. “We didn’t swing the bats at all.”

Dickmeyer had a team-best two hits, and Nick McLaughlin crossed the plate for the only Royals run. Bentley’s efforts on the mound became a loss in a contest where he fanned seven batters in six innings.

Woodbury also bounced back from their first loss of the season, a 7-6 extra inning defeat to Stillwater on Monday, April 21. Runners left on base hobbled the blue-and-white as the Ponies took advantage with the game-winning run in the eighth.

The blue-and-white had rallied from an early 4-0 hole and tied the game at 6-6. Woodbury had chances for the win with bases loaded in the seventh and the eighth. A line drive in the eighth with juiced bases turned into a double play for the Ponies as the Royals took their first blemish.

“We were right there,” McDermott said.

Royals pitcher Brady Mundahl went 5.2 innings and struck out four in the game. Dickmeyer took the loss in extra innings when the Ponies pulled the upset on the Suburban East leaders. Mundahl and Dickmeyer each had two hits at the plate.

“I was disappointed with the loss but happy with the way we competed in that one,” McDermott said.

The Royals put that game behind them and beat defending state champion Mounds View 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday, April 23. Mundahl hit the ball deep in the eighth and sent Nate Jacbosen home for the game-winning run.

“The success of our team is going to come down to how many of these one-run games we win,” McDermott said.

Sebastian Holte-Mancera and Logan Welch also drove in an RBI apiece. Ben Meyer pitched eight innings and fanned eight batters in a pitcher’s duel with Kellen Rholl of the Mustangs.

“He’s been pitching great for us all year,” McDermott said of Meyer.

Meyer (3-0) came into the game pitching with 11 strikeouts and no runs in 11 innings. He also held Arkansas recruit Sam Hentges of the Mustangs to a 0-2 showing at the plate.

“He executed when he needed to execute,” McDermott said.

While the Royals had key wins over the defending champs and a cross-district rival, the blue-and-white slipped out of first in the SEC. Woodbury (7-2, 7-2 SEC) can reclaim first when they visit Cretin-Derham Hall (6-1, 6-1 SEC) on Wednesday if weather permits. The Royals edged the Raiders 3-2 in their first meeting.

Rain is on tap for the weather forecast all week according to Woodbury’s contest with East Ridge (7-2, 7-2 SEC) on Monday had to be postponed.

If rain lets up, the Royals will play at Forest Lake (1-7, 0-7 SEC) on Friday at 6:15 p.m. Early next week, the blue-and-white will take on Roseville (1-3, 1-3 SEC) for a Cinco De Mayo showdown. The Royals also get to play at Midway Stadium on Tuesday, May 6 against Tartan (3-3, 3-2 Classic Suburban).

-Matthew Davis