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Woodbury softball: Royals rough up Mounds View in doubleheader

The Woodbury softball team bounced back from three-straight Suburban East Conference losses with a pair of lopsided wins over SEC foe Mounds View in a double-header on Saturday, May 3, at Ojibway Park in Woodbury.

The Royals (7-3; 6-3 SEC) crushed the Mustangs a combined 23-3 in the two games, winning game one 10-2 and game two 13-1.

In the first game against Mounds View (3-6; 2-6 SEC), Woodbury freshman pitcher Ashley Mickschl struck out eight to go to improve to 4-1 in her first season as a varsity starter. At the plate, Woodbury senior Jordyn Yourczek went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and junior Madi Yochum went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. In game No. 2, senior pitcher Caitlin Balsimo held Mounds View to three hits as the Royals pounded out 16 hits in a five-inning win. Woodbury junior Ellie Blanchfield went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Yourczek was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Yochum was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Also, sophomore Riley Lonetti went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and made two great catches in centerfield.

The wins came on the heels of a 3-2 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall (4-9; 4-9 SEC) on Friday, May 2, in St. Paul. Balsimo was handed the tough-luck defeat in the circle, throwing a five-hitter and Tori Erickson belted her second home run of the year in the loss.

Woodbury will look to make a little hay while the sun shines this week. The Royals are set to play seven games in a five-day span, including a showdown with East Ridge on Thursday, May 8, at home.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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