The Watertown Royals 10-year-old traveling baseball team took third place in the MYAS Gopher State Tournament of Champions 10A division held in Otsego last weekend.
The Royals qualified for the 24-team tournament by winning the Chaska Classic back in May and went into the tournament with the No. 21 seed. Watertown went 2-1 in pool play, defeating No. 9 seed Chaska 8-7 and No. 4 seed Farmington 3-2. The Royals eventually lost to No. 15 seed Upper Tonka, 4-0. The team lost the tie-breaker in their pool but their record was strong enough to give them one of two wild card entries into the eighth-team single elimination tournament bracket on Sunday.
Coming in as a wild card, the Royals drew the No. 1 seeded Cottage Grove Wolfpack, a team with a 36-4 record on the year. In a thriller, the Royals were able to outhit the Wolfpack and eventually defeated them 10-7 in extra innings. Next up for the Royals was a rematch with Chaska. Unfortunately, the Royals bats went silent and they lost 15-5, which set them up for the third place game against Chanhassen. Watertown scored early and never looked back defeating Chanhassen 10-4 to bring home the third place trophy.
Patrick Anderson, Ansen Dulas, Jackson Meyer and Cale Wabbe ate up most of the innings pitching while Nick Trucke anchored behind the plate most of the tournament. The Royals had six players that hit over .300 in the tournament including Logan Penegor (.333), Tanner Hilten (.500), Sam Ragner (.500), Jace Keavy (.538), Dulas (.428) and Wabbe (.571). Devyn Burns added an on base percentage of .462, while Ryan Dvorak and Jayden Heimerman played strong defense throughout the tourney.
"It was an all around effort from each and every kid on the team and a great accomplishment for the boys" head coach Tim Wabbe,said. "They worked extremely hard this summer and it was nice to see it pay off."
The team finished 17-13 this year in tournament and league play.