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Royals strong in every way in 19-0 win

Post-Bulletin staff

Just one of those nights, said Rochester Royals manager Dan Hoefs.

And it went the Royals’ way this time.

Rochester walloped Faribault 19-0 in a seven-inning Southern Minny League amateur baseball game Wednesday night at Mayo Field.

There wasn’t a chink in the chain, offensively or defensively, for the Royals, with Joe Siple driving in seven runs on 3-for-4 hitting, and Josh Matti driving in six runs on 3-for-3 batting. The Royals didn’t commit an error, and Aaron Craig closed the deal by striking out the side.

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"Tonight was an absolutely dominating performance by us," Hoefs said, "but we’ll need that because we have a big game against the Austin Greyhounds on Saturday."

The Greyhounds game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mayo Field. It’s Dugout Club Night for the Royals, who are 21-7.

The Royals have been struggling on defense, Hoefs said, so the error-free game was encouraging. And, "we just came out with our hitting shoes on, which is about time," he said.

Andy Larson got the win for Rochester, striking out five and walking none in three innings. Adam Sikkink also threw three innings before Craig came on. Combined, the Royals pitchers struck out 12 and walked none.

Sean Leimbek also was perfect at the plate for Rochester, going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs. Nate Neis and Jim Strain both got two hits, scored four runs and doubled. And Joe Duda got a double.

ROYALS 19, FARIBAULT 0

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WP: Andy Larson. LP: Tom Benzick.

KASSON 7, R’RUNNERS 5

’Runners season ended

STEWARTVILLE — The Rochester Roadrunners battled in an effort to keep their season alive here Wednesday, but a ninth-inning rally fell short in a 7-5 loss to Kasson in an amateur baseball divisional playoff game.

Kasson’s victory gives it a

2-1 win in the best-of-three series, and Kasson will advance to the regional.

Matt Mracek led Kasson at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Nate Ganser went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Eric Gruhlke had a two-run single in the third inning.

Corey Sursely picked up the win on the mound.

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Kasson built a 7-1 lead after six innings, but the Roadrunners rallied for a run in the seventh and three in the ninth before coming up just short. Chad Falk belted a two-run home run in the ninth, as he finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

The Roadrunners finished the season with an 11-12 record.

KASSON 7, ROADRUNNERS 5

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Kasson 002 203 00x — 7 9 2

WP: Corey Sursely. LP: Adam Bren.

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