By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Cambridge-Isanti’s Jake Johnson, finishing a job that he couldn’t complete a year ago, fired a one-hit shutout against the Rogers Royals in a 7-0 win Thursday in Rogers.
Bryanlee Santiago-Martinez grounded a single through the hole in the sixth inning for the Royals’ lone hit.
“Last year, Johnson took a no-hitter into the sixth against us, and we got four hits and won, 3-0,” said Rogers coach Brian Harapat. “His control wasn’t as good last year as it is now.”
Johnson had a straight overhand delivery that had the Royals swinging and missing.
The Bluejackets are 5-0. Harapat noted that they have two strong pitchers and could make a long playoff run.
Rogers starter Adam Nauth hurled four shutout innings, then gave up two in his fifth and final inning. The Bluejackets got five more against the Royals bullpen.
The Royals (3-3) started a stretch of 10 games in 10 days including some makeup games. In a St. Cloud Apollo round-robin tournament, they will face Annandale at 5 p.m. Friday, and Maple Grove and Apollo on Saturday.