The Hopkins softball team swept two games from Armstrong to win the Section 6AAAA title last spring.
They also won their opening round game at the state tournament. This spring, most of that team is back and the Royals are looking for a strong season. Shortstop Natalie DenHartog is one of the area's top players. Pitcher/first baseman Makenzie Merritt is another key returner.
The Royals beat Waconia in their season opener. They start Lake Conference play at Wayzata Thursday.
CCX Sports staff
April 10, 2017