Royals defeat Pats in Sub-Section Finals, 9-3

(Pictured: Players from both sides congratulate each other after the game in the ceremonial handshake at home plate. Staff photo by Jason Olson)

Hanson recorded 13 strikeouts coming off of fa four-day rest, which concerned the Royals coaching because of the longer layoff, “would he have his best stuff?” said assistant coach Chad Shelstad who added, “He did, but he started to lose his concentration in the later innings and since he had been dinged up all season it was harder for him to get into a rhythm on the mound.”

Hanson is a senior and is planning on pitching next season at Southwest State University in Marshall.

For USA head coach Ken Solarz his team was ready to play. “I can’t say we weren’t ready to play, I just don’t know what happened, between our pitcher not being sharp and the mental errors we made in the field. It really cost us the game,” added Coach Solarz.

Matt Swanson re-emerged as the leading Patriot hitter going 3-4 at the plate. “He led our team for the first half of the season, but was in a cold streak until tonight,” said Coach Solarz.

Despite the woes from last night’s game, the team still held their heads high. Solarz added, “Our kids are still confident which is key, because from here on out it’s up to them. We can teach strategy and correct some things, but it is up to the players now.”

Some of things that had to improve from last night in order for the team to move on in the Section tournament were the strike out rate needed to be lower and the mental miscues and throwing errors needed to improve according to Patriot assistant coach Neil Weiss.

USA might have a chance to even the season series that Royalton currently leads 2-1 on June 5.

USA will go against Ogilvie in the early game at 5 p.m., June 2. Royalton will take on Rush City in Eden Valley in the night cap starting at 7:30 p.m., June 2.

USA 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3R 4H 1E
Royalton 0 0 6 2 0 1 X 9R 10H 2E

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