The Watertown Red Devils and the Mayer Blazers met in a best-of-three, opening-round playoff series last week in Watertown, with the Red Devils taking the series, 2-1.
However, the league later voted on Monday to remove Watertown from the District 7C tournament for using an alleged illegal player — one who allegedly hadn’t played in enough regular season games for the Red Devils to be eligible to be included on the playoff roster. As of press time for the print edition of the Carver County News, Mayer was slated to advance to this weekend’s district tournament, and the Red Devils were still appealing the decision to the state board.
However, the state board on Tuesday night reversed the Crow River Valley League’s decision, placing Watertown back in the district tournament field, a decision that affected seeds and first-round pairings across the board, with everything reverting back to as it originally appeared. Watertown will open the district tournament on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. in Glencoe against Green Isle. The winner of that game would play Thursday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m., against the winner of the first-round game between Brownton and Winsted.
Mayer actually took the first game of the series last week, 9-8, on Tuesday, July 23, forcing the Red Devils to win the next two games. They did just, winning 10-0 on Thursday, July 25, and 13-1 on Sunday, July 28.