Article by Harry Lipsiea, Devils Lake Journal, published April 25, 2014.
For the first time ever, area fans got the opportunity to watch on as the Lake Region State College fastpitch team played on its home field. It turned out to be a special day as the Royals played well in both games earning an impressive victory in the nightcap.
Taking on the Lumberjacks of Dakota College at Bottineau, the Royals played very strong defensively throughout the day. In the first game, the Lumberjacks earned a hard-fought 3-1 victory.
Lake Region State College, however, got the last laugh as the team pulled out an exciting 1-0 win in the second game of the day. Opener Defense and pitching were themes for much of the first game. In the first six innings, only one run was scored as the Lumberjacks held a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the final frame, Dakota College at Bottineau extended its advantage to 3-0 due to several errors by the home team. The Royals, however, didn’t panic. Morgan Titus, who singled, scored on a base hit by Kayla Marek to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The home team was able to get two more runners in scoring position, but was ultimately unable to tie the game up. Dakota College at Bottineau earned the 3-1 win. The Royals had seven hits in the game. Two by Samone Motley, and one each by Breanne Heinrichs, Rebecca Gurski, Kayla Marek and Kya Knoke.
Rebecca Gurski pitched the first four innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walking five, and striking out two. Breanne Heinrichs pitched the final three innings giving up three hits and striking out two without an earned run.
A line-drive double off the bat of Samone Motley scoring Kya Knoke was all the offense Lake Region State College needed in the second game. That third-inning run gave the Royals a 1-0 lead before turning into a 1-0 victory.
The rest was up to the pitching of Breanne Heinrichs and the Royal Defense. The Lumberjacks had just five hits in the game. The win was the Royals’ first home victory in program history.
“We really overcame the tough first game loss to bounce back and play with a lot of heart. Breanne pitched great and she worked so well with her battery mate, Rebecca,” Royal head coach Kory Boehmer stated.