When the Rogers Royals closed the regular season against Champlin Park on Thursday at home, both teams had good reason not to throw their No. 1 pitcher. It turns out they’ll face each other again Monday in the section opener.
The result was 15-10 merry-go-round won by the Rebels after an eight-run first inning that included two home runs by Savannah Robinson. She blasted a solo and three-run shot and would finish 4-for-5.
Champlin Park (12-6) is seeded No. 7 and Rogers (11-9) is No. 10 among 12 teams in Section 5AAA, which is mostly teams from the Northwest Suburban Conference. They’ll meet 4 p.m. Monday at Rice Creek Park in Shoreview.
Eighth-grader Kate Kemmetmueller pitched for Rogers rather than senior No. 1 Christina Hajder.
Hajder smacked a three-run double for the Royals. Courtney Reinitz was 2-for-4 (RBI), Madi Mikolich 2-for-3 and Megan Sharp 2-for-4.
Cambridge-Isanti 9, Royals 8
The Royals lost their conference finale Tuesday when Kemmetmueller hit a batter with bases loaded and an 0-2 count in the last of the seventh with one out. She had a good relief stint otherwise, giving up one run in three innings after the Bluejackets scored eight runs of Hajder. Reinitz was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, Kemmetmueller 2-for-3 (two RBI), Hajder 2-for-4 (RBI) and Jo Baker 2-for-4.
Royals 3, Monticello 2
Reinitz drove home the game-winner in the last of the seventh on Monday with a single that scored Abbie Lien, who singled and stole second with one out. Hajder pitched the distance, giving up nine hits, striking out nine. Lien was 2-for-3 (two runs) and Kemmetmueller 2-for-3 (RBI).
The Royals finished 6-6 in the Mississippi 8, tying for third place.
Mississippi 8 final standings
Big Lake 8-4