Through 141 years of Major League Baseball, there have been 295 occurrences of a no-hitter, averaging out to about two times a year since the unofficial beginning of baseball.
A no-hitter is a rare feat, but don’t tell that to the Rogers softball team, which completed its second no-hitter of the year on Tuesday afternoon, just one day after Melea Bruns tossed one in an 11-0 victory over Princeton.
Tuesday’s pitcher was Katelyn Kemmetmueller, a future Golden Gopher, and Chisago Lakes’ worst nightmare in a night where she backed up Bruns no-hit performance with one of her own.
On top of incredible pitching and defense, the Royals’ bats were back in action, as Rogers reached double-digit runs for the second straight night, beating Chisago Lakes 10-0.
“We hit the ball really hard again,” coach Chris Donnay said after the victory.
Much like Monday’s victory over Princeton, the Royals only needed five innings of pitching due to their run support, which forced the mercy rule. Kemmetmueller started the home game with two of her five strikeouts, the other out a groundout to Krysta Felber.
Batters 1-3 didn’t provide any run support in the opening inning for Rogers, but after another quick three outs on defense, Rogers scored five runs in the second to bust open a lead.
While the perfect game was lost for Kemmetmueller early in the third inning off a fielding error (she also walked two batters in the game), Chisago Lakes batters were still only making weak contact, if any at all. As the Royals players went to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, the team led 6-0, and only one batter from the visiting team had hit the ball out of the infield.
Bruns, Alyssa Schwartz, Maddie Thiebault and Kaitlynn Lloyd all scored in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the team saved Kemmetmueller’s arm from two more innings of work, as they eclipsed 10 runs and won the game on a Felber double.
Rogers (12-1) has now outscored opponents 77-15 on the season, including 35-9 in the last six games. Only six of the opponents the Royals have defeated have made it around the base paths to score a run. One of those six teams, the Hornets from Big Lake, is the next opponent for the Royals on May 5. Rogers won the first matchup 14-2 on April 11.