Royals finish fourth at state tournament

Watertown-Mayer finished in fourth place at the Class AA state baseball tournament after a pair of losses on Friday at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.

The Royals were bounced to the third-place game by a 5-3 loss to Perham in the semifinals. Watertown-Mayer cut into a 4-1 lead with two runs in the fifth inning, but missed a great opportunity to do more damage when they failed to add any more runs despite having the bases loaded with just one out.

In the third-place game, the Royals had the bad luck of facing the state’s top-ranked team, St. Cloud Cathedral, which had been upset by Kasson-Mantorville in the other semifinal earlier in the day. Brian Minks threw a one-hitter for the Crusaders (25-3), who got one run in the first inning and four more in the second.

Brendan Weege had the lone Watertown-Mayer hit in the third-place game. Weege, Matt Elsenpeter and Brett Johnson all had two hits for the Royals in the semifinal loss to Perham. Matt Elsenpeter officially had the only RBI on the day according to MSHSL stats, but Mark Sandquist also should have been credited with an RBI in the first game.