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Softball: Woodbury falls to Forest Lake on Monday

Kasey Domke is met by her Woodbury teammates after hitting a home run on Monday, April 8 at East Ridge High School. The Royals fell 17-2 to Forest Lake. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Hailey Neubauer pitched a complete game on Monday, April 8 at East Ridge High School as Woodbury fell 17-2 to Forest Lake. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Grace Beseman gets in position to field a grounder at third base on Monday, April 8 at East Ridge High School. Woodbury lost to Forest Lake 17-2. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Monday

Forest Lake 17, Woodbury 2

At the beginning of the season, Woodbury knew there would be no easy game in conference play.

The Royals started the season at Cretin Derham-Hall last Thursday and captured the 2-1 close win. On Monday, Woodbury faced off against Forest Lake and the Royals couldn't extend the winning streak as they lost 17-2.

"I think every season, every team has a humbling experience and this was ours," said head coach Michelle Benusa.

Benusa along with Kasey Domke and Grace Beseman all agreed that it was little things that didn't go in Woodbury's favor on Monday. These little things can be changed quickly in practice and that's what they're focusing on the rest of this week.

The game started off close between the two teams as Forest Lake scored two runs in the first inning. Woodbury cut that lead in half the following week with the help of Domke.

After getting two strikes early in the count, Domke just wanted to make some contact and it landed over the centerfield wall for a solo home run.

"At first I got two strikes and I thought 'oh great this is going to be a good at-bat,'" Domke said jokingly. "Then, I saw [the pitch] come out of her hand and it looked pretty good, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It hit the perfect part of the bat and I knew right away."

Once the bat connected to the ball, the Woodbury players started cheering because they knew it was gone too. Domke met her teammates at home plate to celebrate the home run.

Forest Lake extended the lead to 4-1 after the third inning, but Woodbury continued to fight each inning. The Royals weren't able to score any runners though and Forest Lake took a bigger and bigger lead with each inning.

Forest Lake scored two runs in the fifth, four runs in the sixth and seven runs in the seventh. The Royals were able to score another run in the seventh inning, but the focus this week is working out the small errors that occured in the game.

Woodbury will also be facing a large amount of snow coming on Wednesday and Thursday, so the Royals are preparing for indoor practice. Even though it's not ideal, the players are looking at the bright side of the situation.

"Obviously it's not ideal, but you can't control it," Beseman said. "Just look at it as more practice time, more time to work out those kinks before we get back on the field."

Woodbury still has a game planned for Wednesday, April 9 as the Royals travel to Park at 4:30 p.m. for a crosstown rivalry game.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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