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Woodbury Softball: Royals rebound from tough start to week to finish strong

Lexi Jacobs fires to first to retire a runner in Woodbury’s loss at Park April 17. (Staff photo by Jace Frederick) 1 / 3
Ashley Mickschl was Woodbury’s starting pitcher against Park. (Staff photo by Jace Frederick)2 / 3
Madison Yochum makes the throw to first base. (Staff photo by Jace Frederick)3 / 3

The Royals dropped their first two games last week, falling 6-3 to Mounds View April 15 after the Royals committed five errors.

Woodbury then fell 4-2 on the road to rival Park April 17. Five different Royals collected hits in the loss.

Still, afterward, Woodbury head coach Bob Samson didn’t exude disappointment.

“It’s two really good softball teams playing fastpitch softball,” Samson said. “Both teams know how to play the game. We know how to play and they know how to play. Today they won, next time we play it’ll be another really good fastpitch game. It’s no fun to lose, but it’s going to happen. When you play hard, you compete and you get beat, you live with it and move on to the next game. We’re fine.”

Samson was confident his team would be ready to go for its three contests April 18 in Lakeville.

“I have awesome kids. I have dynamite kids,” he said. “I’d be willing to bet ... my girls will be back and they’ll be playing hard. That’s all I care about.”

He was right.

Woodbury won two of three games in Lakeville, dropping Suburban East Conference rival Stillwater 16-7 and knocking off Lakeville South 6-3.

Woodbury’s lone loss of the day came to the eventual tournament champion Lakeville North. The Panthers defeated the Royals 7-6.

Woodbury beat Stillwater again April 20, this time in conference action, 7-1.

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