Softball: Rogers tops Monticello 6-3

Katelyn Kemmetmueller of the Royals barely beats a throw to third base. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Katelyn Kemmetmueller of the Royals barely beats a throw to third base. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Melea Bruns, Royal freshman, won her varsity debut. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Melea Bruns, Royal freshman, won her varsity debut. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

By Bruce Strand

Elk River Star News

 

The Rogers Royals are 3-0 after defeating Monticello 6-3 on Monday at Monticello.

Freshman pitcher Melea Bruns took a 6-1 lead into the last of the seventh when the Magic got two runs on an error, walk, and single, before Bruns fanned their 2-3 hitters to end the game. Bruns had a five-hitter and nine strikeouts.

Madi Anderson hit a solo homer for the Royals and finished 1-for-4 with two runs. Bruns and Katelyn Kemmetmueller were each 2-for-4 and Emily Hanford 2-for-3. Anderson, Maddie Mikolich and Elli Anderson had one RBI each.

Bret Hulett pitched for the Magic.

In earlier action, team cruised in their opener 9-0 over Chisago Lakes on Thursday in Lindstrom, led by Katelyn Kemmetmueller with a three-hit shutout and two RBI.

Kemmetmueller, sophomore right-hander, struck out 10 and walked three. She was 2-for-4 with a double.

Madi Anderson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in the cleanup spot for Rogers. Ellie Anderson was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Maddie Thiebault was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

The Royals had 12 hits off Alex Smith and Cassie Lynch.

A day later, Rogers freshman Melea Bruns won her varsity pitching debut as the Royals turned back St. Cloud Tech 5-3 in their home opener.

Bruns pitched the distance, holding down the Tigers except for Sam Eisenreich, who had a double and solo homer. Bruns gave up four hits and three walks, and struck out seven.

Madie Mikolich was 2-for-4 with two runs and RBI for the Royals. Katelyn Kemmetmueller was 2-for-3 and Emily Hanford and Elli Anderson each 1-for-3, and each had an RBI.

Rogers broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fifth, after starting the inning with two batters bunting and getting aboard on throwing errors.

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