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Woodbury baseball: SEC title hopes slip from Royals’ grasp

Woodbury lost its chance for a conference title as Mounds View and Forest Lake played spoiler.

The Royals, sitting in first place for the Suburban East Conference, visited a Forest Lake team that had been off to a tough start for 2014 on Tuesday, May 13. Woodbury took a rough 2-1 loss after giving up two runs in the sixth, hurting its chances for the SEC title.

The Royals had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but they could not come up with another run on their five hits. Defensively, the Royals held the Rangers to four hits.

Jacob Dickmeyer drove in the Royals’ lone run in the second inning. No Royals player had more than one hit on the day.

Brady Mundahl kept the Royals in the game throughout with six solid innings of pitching and seven strikeouts. He also threw 19 first-pitch strikes.

SEC control hopes slipped out of the Royals’ hands the following day in a 3-1 loss to defending state champion Mounds View. Not getting across the plate again stymied the Woodbury despite getting six hits.

The Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and the Royals finally got on the board in the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, the champs tacked one more run to preserve the win.

Nick Yan had three of the Royals’ six hits, and he also reached base on a walk. Henry DeCaster gave the Royals batters trouble with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. He had 20 first-pitch strikes.

Dickmeyer pitched five innings for Woodbury and threw three strikeouts. Yan also pitched one inning and struck out one.

Against Cretin-Derham Hall in their conference season finale, the Royals fell to the Raiders 9-1 on Saturday, May 17. Ben Meyer pitched five innings and threw four strikeouts and 23 first-pitch strikes. Yet, the high-powered Raiders bats put up eight runs in the first five innings in part due to three errors by the Royals.

Woodbury’s week had started strong with a 7-4 win over Stillwater on Monday, May 12. Mundahl drove in four runs on 1-for-3 hitting and scored one run. Meyer pitched six and 2/3 innings with four strikeouts in the win.

The Royals also picked up a 6-1 win over White Bear Lake on Friday, May 16. Nick McLaughlin drove in two runs for the Blue and White. Woodbury pitcher Nick Bentley went six innings and threw four strikeouts.

The Royals ended the conference season at 12-6 in fourth place after a 2-3 week. They concluded the regular season with Rosemount in non-conference play on Monday.

Section 4AAA tournament play will begin for the Royals late this week. Brackets were not available at press time.