Hopkins girls softball team cruises past Wayzata 17-9

Sports Editor

Royals put up runs in bunches

The score of the April 13 Lake Conference softball game between Hopkins and Wayzata looked more like a lacrosse score than a softball score.

It was one of those games that featured a lot of hitting, and when it was all over Hopkins had outscored the Trojans 17-9.

“We had 21 hits, and they were scattered throughout the lineup,” said Hopkins head coach Mark Peterson. “Cass Huiras and MaKenzie Merritt hit home runs for us and Natalie DenHartog had five RBIs. Natalie, Evelyn Barczak, Parker Stoddard and Hannah Kleist hit doubles.”

Merritt picked up her third pitching victory of the season, as she battled a hard-hitting Wayzata club.

“It was our third game of the season and Wayzata’s season opener,” Peterson noted. “They’re a good team, and they showed they can hit.”
Hopkins’ hitting was the story of the game, though.

“We’re getting better,” said Peterson. “We put the bat on the ball consistently as a team.”

Both Wayzata and Hopkins will have non-conference games at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Wayzata will be home for a game against Rogers at the Wayzata High field. Hopkins will travel to Maple Grove for a game against the Crimson.

More non-conference games are scheduled for early next week. Wayzata will host Mankato West in a 4:15 p.m. game on Monday, April 24. At 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, Hopkins will travel to Rosemount High for a game against the Irish.

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