LEGION BASEBALL: Royals sweep Warroad in a non-conference doubleheader
The Grand Forks Royals didn’t allow wet and cold conditions to dampen the team’s momentum heading into a midseason pause for the Fourth of July holiday.
With a strong wind and temperatures below 60 degrees, the Royals found enough pitching and defense to make up for a lackluster offense.
The Royals beat Warroad 1-0 and 4-0 in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday at Kraft Field.
Grand Forks improved to 7-0 since returning from the team’s usual trek to Omaha during the College World Series.
“Without pitching and defense today, we’re in a lot of trouble,” Grand Forks coach Nick Chine said. “We squeak one out 1-0 (in the first game) and only bang out six hits in the second game.”
But the pitching of Jace Braathen (seven strikeouts) in Game 1 and Christian Bauduin (15 strikeouts) in Game 2 was too much for Warroad.
Warroad picked up only three hits in the doubleheader and didn’t have a single runner reach third base.
“Both (Braathen and Bauduin) pitched well,” Chine said. “Our pitching staff is the backbone of our team.”
Braathen needed just one swing of the bat from a teammate to pick up his pitching victory.
First baseman Brady Regimbal hit his fourth home run of the season on a deep ball to left field to lead off the second inning.
“He possesses some power and today it was needed,” Chine said. “Without that, we’re in extras and we’re on the edge of our seat.”
That’s because the Royals mustered seven hits and only the single run off of Warroad’s tough-luck loser, Logan Wallace.
In Game 2, Bauduin was dominate on the mound and the Royals built a cushion with a two-run second inning highlighted by run-scoring singles by Tristan Barrows and Jayce Turner.
The Royals are off until Monday when they visit Moorhead.