After getting an impressive start from Peyton Gallagher last game, Wayzata got another solid performance on the hill, this time from Sam Westermeyer. His work was enough for his Wayzata team to hold off Tri-City 4-2 and advance to the state championship game tomorrow afternoon.
Wayzata was relatively quiet in the first inning, but the lineup was finally able to get things in motion in the second inning. Keegan Nickel and Charles Engdahl each had an RBI single, giving Wayzata an early 2-0 advantage.
With two runners on in the top of the 4th, Blake Ask executed a sacrifice bunt to drive in a 3rd Wayzata run. Wayzata would pad its lead even more in the 5th by making it a 4-0 lead. Sam Westermeyer continued to pitch lights out for Wayzata, only allowing 5 hits through 6 innings of work.
Being shut out with only one chance to survive, the 7th inning proved to be big for Tri-City. A leadoff single from Justin Langer was the first domino. Down 0-2 in his at bat, next batter Will Rogers crushed a two run home run over the left field fence. It cut the Wayzata lead in half with no outs in the inning. Tri-City had 2 more runners on base with 1 out, but Bateman grounded into a double play, ending the game.
With their win, Wayzata has officially clinched a spot in the state championship. They have also clinched a spot in the regional tournament in Dickinson, North Dakota. Meanwhile, Tri-City is still alive, and they will face the winner of Edina/Rosetown for an appearance in the state championship.