After successful spring break trips, both Royals teams Royals opened conference play with the tall task of facing MIAC superpower St. Thomas

Photos by Carlo Holmberg

Baseball: Bethel fell to the Tommies by scores of 6-4 and 3-1. Left fielder Mitch Butvilas collected two RBIs in the first game while pitcher Jake Marsh went the distance of nine innings giving up just six hits.

Softball: The Royals lost in two six-inning games on Sunday, both by a score of 10-2. on Sunday. Kayla Hokanson grabbed a single RBI in the opener and shortstop Jamie Axelberg went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the closer.

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Junior third baseman Joey Fredrickson watches a pitch go by against St. Thomas on Sunday afternoon. Fredrickson drove in the only Bethel run in the second game of the MIAC doubleheader.
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The Bethel infield huddles for a mound visit during the game on Sunday afternoon.
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Second baseman Parker Mullenbach makes contact on the ground with a Tommie delivery. The Royals recorded eight hits compared to St. Thomas’ 10 in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
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Second baseman Allie Fauth covers the first-base bag in a close play.
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Junior pitcher Jake Marsh delivers a pitch in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Marsh threw a complete game, surrendering six hits and two earned runs in the 3-1 loss.
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Freshman Cortney Hokanson eyes up a delivery in Bethel’s second game of the doubleheader against St. Thomas Sunday.

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