Softball: Royals thump SC Tech 11-0

Rogers infielders huddled around the pitcher at the start of an inning. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers infielders huddled around the pitcher at the start of an inning. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers pitcher Katelyn Kemmetmueller fires a pitch past the batter for one of her 10 strikeouts. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers pitcher Katelyn Kemmetmueller fires a pitch past the batter for one of her 10 strikeouts. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

By Bruce Strand

Elk River Star News

 

The Rogers Royals banged out 13 hits and picked up their second straight lopsided win 11-0 over St. Cloud Tech at home on Monday.

Freshman Emily Hanford drilled a homer and single and knocked in three runs. Abbie Lien was 3-for-4, Ellie Anserson 2-for-2, Madi Anderson 2-fopr-4 and Madie Mikolich 2-for-3, with Anserson and Mikolich each knocking in two runs.

Katelyn Kemmetmueller struck out seven in three innings, and Emma Swanson finished with two shutout innings, allowing two hits.

“We’re a young team and need some work at the plate,” said Chris Donnay, assistant coach, “but these girls are very athletic.”

Rogers (2-0), which beat Princeton 11-1 in their opener Friday, will play at STMA on  Tuesday.

Lommel pitched the distance for Tech.

In earlier action, Katie Kemmetmueller tossed a five-inning one-hitter as the Rogers Royals opened with an 11-1 win over Princeton on Friday evening at Youth Athletic Complex near Elk  River.

Kemmetmueller, freshman right-hander who made all-conference last year as a third baseman, struck out 10 and walked none. The run was unearned.

Maddie Anderson led the attack, going 3-for-4 with a double three runs. Emma Swanson delivered a two-rundouble.

The Royals gave new coach Jerry Bruns a successful debut.

The game was moved to YAC, where Elk River was also opening its season, when the Rogers field was deemed still unplayable earlier Friday.

The Royals were to play host to St. Cloud Tech on Monday, originally scheduled to be played in St. Cloud but their fields aren’t ready.

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