Baseball: Royals beat Big Lake & North Branch, split with Buffalo

The Rogers Royals, in the midst of of playing 11 games in 10 days, split a doubleheader with the Buffalo Bison on Wednesday.

The Royals (5-4 Mississippi 8, 6-7 overall) had a five-game losing streak after three losses in a St. Cloud tournament Friday and Saturday. Since then the Royals beat Big Lake 6-5 on Monday and North Branch 4-1 on Tuesday before splitting with the Bison.

Drew Sagehorn went 6-for-7 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI against Buffalo, lifting his average to .481.

The Royals have a day off before playing at St. Francis on Friday, then Champlin Park and Osseo on Saturday at Champlin.

Buffalo 2, Royals 1

Mitch Annis pitched the distance for Buffalo and knocked in the game-winner with a single down the right-field line in the last of the seventh. Rogers starter Luke Selkin pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run, with Adam Oleger and Sagehorn finishing. Sagehorn took the loss.

Royals 8, Buffalo 5

Tommy Como twirled three scoreless innings of relief to get the win. Peter Fehr had two scoreless innings. Nash Belzell gave up five runs in two innings. Shane Smith knocked in three runs with two singles and Scott Neubauer was 3-for-4.

Royals 6, Big Lake 5

Kyle Ellis pitched six innings (four runs) and got the win, improving to 3-1, and went 2-for-3 (RBI, two runs). Luke Selkin had a scoreless inning for the save. Matt McCool drove home three runs with two doubles. For Big Lake, Sam Dokkebakken had two RBI singles.

Royals 4, North Branch 1

Adam Nauth breezed with a three-hitter and seven strikeouts — and was diagnosed with double pink-eye after the game, said coach Brian Harapat. Nauth, who’s 2-2 with an 0.28 ERA, missed the Big Lake game but returned Wednesday. Hunter Zwach was 2-for-3, Ellis 2-for-2 (RBI), and Mike Terres had two RBI on a sac fly and grounder.

St. Cloud tournament

The Royals used six pitchers in losses to Annandale 6-2, Maple Grove 5-3 and St. Cloud Apollo 6-5. Nauth was 6-for-8 with three runs and two RBI, and Sagehorn 3-for-10 with two runs and three RBI.