The Rogers Royals have snapped a four-game losing streak by winning three of their last four games including a second-place finish Saturday at a tournament in Sauk Rapids.
Christina Hajder pitched five straight solid games, giving up just nine runs and striking out 55 in 37 innings.
The Royals lost to Becker 1-0 on Friday despite a four-hitter and seven strikeouts by Hajder and no-errors defense. Kadee Vesledahl pitched the shutout, leaving 12 runners on base, striking out three. Cassie Baumgarten’s two-out double in the fifth drove home the lone run. Madi Anderson, Courtney Rienitz and Leah Perrault had two hits each for Rogers.
At Sauk Rapids, the Royals started with a 9-2 win over St. Cloud Tech as Hajder blasted a pair of three-run homers while pitching the distance, allowing eight hits and striking out 12. Anderson also had a homer and two h its. Reinitz had two hits and two runs.
“We played well and finally got all of our bats working together,” said co-coach Dan Ohlgren. “Only one error committed in the game helped the effort by all. Hajder had a great day both pitching and hitting.”
The Royals blanked Mesabi East 5-0 on a two-hitter with 10K’s by Hajder. Kelsey Johnston was 2-for-3 with two RBI, Perrault 1-for-3 with an RBI and Anderson 2-for-4.
“Once again everything was clicking and we hit the ball real well,” said Ohlgren.
St. Anthony Village stymied the Royals 4-1 in the finals. Hajder gave up six hits and two walks, striking out eight. Anderson was 2-for-3. Two errors in the seventh helped SAV score two insurance runs.
“We never got anything going in this game but hung in there till the end,” said Ohlgren.
Returning to Mississippi 8 play Monday, the Royals edged Princeton 2-1 in nine innings. Perrault was 2-for-3 with three steals and singled home the game-winner in the last of the nilnth. Anderson had a double, two steals and an RBI Hajder struck out 18 batters while allowing four hits and one walk.
“The girls hung in there and got through a few jams,” said Ohlgren. “Hajder has been throwing the ball real well hitting all of her spots and getting ahead in the count which always helps.”
The Royals are 3-7 in conference and 6-8 overall. They play at STMA on Tuesday.