Indians advance to 11th State Baseball Tourney

By: 
Jay Schneider, lrlife@frontiernet.net

The Waterville Indians defeated Gaylord and Belle Plaine to advance to their second straight Class C State Amateur Baseball Tourney. They will play Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. at Delano against New Ulm. Front row, left to right: Isaac Turner, Ethan Bartelt, Nolan Wetzel, Josh Cook, Brody Boran, Thomas Hiller, Matthew Werk, Tommy Gannon, and Sam Stier. Back row, left to right: Nolan Grose, Shane Sellner, Sean Klugherz, Jayson Schneider, Luke Sellner, Dallas McBroom, Dalton Grose, Colby Fessel, Blaydn Bartelt, and Coach Rick Sellner. Not pictured were Ivan Pratt, Tyler Brekke, Mac Lemcke, and Ben Boran. (Submitted photo)

The story about the Waterville Indians amateur baseball team advancing to the 2022 Class C State Tournament could be written almost exactly the same this year.

The Indians did it the hard way, but in the end it really doesn’t matter how it was accomplished. The Waterville Indians won two straight elimination games Saturday, Aug. 12 to punch their ticket to the 2023 Class C State Tournament.

The Indians defeated Gaylord, 16-6, in seven innings and ended Belle Plaine’s season for the second straight year, recording an 8-0 shutout in the Region 6C 3rd place game Saturday at ISG Field in Mankato.

Jordan received the No. 1 seed out of Region 6C after downing Blue Earth in the Championship game Saturday.

Waterville will be making its 11th State Tournament appearance. They played last year in Faribault and lost in the opening round to Loretto.

In 2019 the Indians finished 33-3 overall and tied for 5th, which was their best finish in team history.

The Indians will open Class C State Tourney action Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Delano against Region 2C runner-up New Ulm Brewers. New Ulm was the No. 1 seed in their Region and they were upset in the championship game by Courtland, a team Waterville defeated earlier this season.

Previous State Tournament appearances for the Indians were in...

To see more on this story pick up the August 17, 2023 print edition of the LifeEnterprise. 

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