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Baseball: Week one recap

Apr 20, 2017

Morgan Holmes, senior, captain, swings at pitch. Holmes currently plays catcher and has high hopes for the season.

provided by Morgan Holmes

Morgan Holmes, senior, captain, swings at pitch. Holmes currently plays catcher and has high hopes for the season.

While most people were enjoying their spring break relaxing and having fun, the HHS baseball team continued to work and play games.

Over spring break, the Royals played four games and went 2-2. Two of them were home games, one was away and one they played at US Bank Stadium.

The weather wasn’t on their side with their game against the Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons. It got snowed out on the original day it was supposed to be played and was later played on Wed. April 12 which included a wet field and rain throughout the game.

Their first game was against White Bear Lake on the first day of spring break. They were able to blow past them in a 11-3 win.

“It was definitely good to start the season with a win. It helps set the tone for the rest of the season,” said Ben Wahlen, senior, captain.

They had two days off before they started their three game stretch in three days.

First they faced off against the Wayzata Trojans at US Bank Stadium where the Royals were shutout 4-0. In this game, the Royals couldn’t find their offense but still tried to put up a fight.

The next day they played their rescheduled game from Monday. They were able to pull out a close game and win 7-6.

In their final game during spring break, the Royals traveled to Edina to face the Hornets. This game gave the Royals a nice day after Mother Nature wasn’t on their side earlier in the week.

“It was nice to have a game where the sun was out, the only bad thing was that it was a little cold,” said Morgan Holmes, senior, captain.

They lost to Edina 3-0, another shutout. Again the Royals were unable to get their offense going.

“We are working on fixing our mental approaches at the plate. We have been taking a lot of pitches and going down looking. We are trying to be more aggressive at the plate and to be better at situational hitting,” Holmes said.

One of the standout players during the beginning of the season was Holmes. Over the course of four games, Holmes hit two home-runs. One in their first game and the other in their most recent game.

Another standout player was pitcher and Wahlen. Wahlen pitched in the game against the trojans and threw 4 solid innings.

The Royals got shutout twice by two rival teams, the Hornets and Trojans. Both are teams that the Royals will face later in the season and will want to do better in their future meetings.

“We’re going to have to put more pressure on the opposing pitcher by being more aggressive and getting into hitters’ counts rather than falling to two strike counts,” said Matt Shaw, senior, captain.

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