Royals move on to section finals

Hangartner1The fifth-seeded Watertown-Mayer baseball team will have a shot to earn a trip to the state tournament Thursday after a pair of impressive wins over two of the state’s top teams on Tuesday in Belle Plaine.

The Royals won their third and fourth consecutive elimination games in the Section 2AA tournament on Tuesday, first beating third-ranked and top-seeded Holy Family, 3-0, and then defeating second-seeded and eighth-ranked Glencoe-Silver Lake, 3-1. Holy Family and GSL were both eliminated from the tournament with their second losses.

The Royals will now play in the section finals against St. Peter, the No. 3 seed from the south subsection. The Royals, who were handed their first loss in the playoffs more than a week ago in their first matchup against Holy Family, will need to be St. Peter — unbeaten so far this postseason — twice in a row in order to qualify for the state tournament.

After losing to Holy Family last Tuesday, the Royals responded by beating Belle Plaine, Tri City United, Holy Family and Glencoe-Silver Lake. Watertown-Mayer has never advanced to the state tournament.

Thursday’s first game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Belle Plaine High School. If the Royals force a second game, it would be played immediately following the first game.