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Amateur Baseball | Royals third at Red Wing tournament

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

RED WING — John Aaland and Ezra Campbell combined for a seven-hitter here Sunday, allowing just one run in the process, to lead the Rochester Royals to a 4-1 victory over Plato in the third place game of the Red Wing amateur baseball invitational.

Plato was last year’s Class C state champion.

Aaland pitched the first seven innings to get the victory and Campbell closed the game by pitching two scoreless innings for the save.

The Royals (9-3) scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a permanent lead.

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Josh Matti led Rochester at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Joe Siple was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Tom Corcoran had a triple and two RBIs, while Dave Adams and Chuck Krom each had an RBI.

Rochester fell into the third place game after losing to Mankato, 1-0, on Saturday in the tournament semifinals.

Mankato scored its lone run in the second inning off Rochester starter Justin Sokol, who pitched a complete game. Sokol gave up just one run on eight hits.

"He had great control and got more command of all his pitches as the game went on," Royals manager Dan Hoefs said.

Nic Obey had two of the Royals four hits. He led off the game with a double, but was stranded. The Royals also put the first two batters on base in the third, but couldn’t manufacture a run.

"That was a matchup of two heavyweights of Class B," Hoefs said. "It was a well-pitched, well-played game. It’s tough to score against pitchers of that caliber."

The Royals play host to the Austin Blue Sox at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mayo Field.

MANKATO 1, ROYALS 0

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(Saturday)

Royals 000 000 000 — 0 4 1

Mankato 010 000 00x — 1 8 2

WP: Chris Rupert. LP: Justin Sokol.

ROYALS 4, PLATO 1

(Sunday)

Plato 000 010 000 — 1 7 0

Royals 000 300 10x — 4 8 1

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WP: John Aaland. Sv: Ezra Campbell.

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