No. 4-ranked Wayzata will get a shot at defending its baseball state title. The Trojans, top-seeded in Class 4A, Section 6, defeated No. 2 seed Hopkins 7-6 on Tuesday to win the section championship at Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota.
Trojans senior Will Oberg went 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBI and scored two runs. He also pitched 6 1/3 innings to lead the Trojans (16-6) back to the state tournament for a chance to win back-to-back Class 4A crowns.
Hopkins (13-11) took a 3-0 lead in the third inning with RBI hits from junior Tommy Auth and sophomore Luke Polyak. Oberg tied the game in the bottom half with a bases-loaded triple. The Trojans took a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly.
Oberg settled down after that. But the Royals rallied for three runs to knock Oberg from the game and take a 6-4 lead.
“Just trying to overthrow,” Oberg said. “Trying to do too much.”
But a combination of base hits and walks in the bottom of the inning helped the Trojans tie the game before Bobby Isbell had the game-winning hit -- a single past the third-base bag.
“It’s kind of a blur from there,” Isbell said. “Just a surreal feeling.”
Hopkins had lost to Wayzata 8-1 in a section game on May 30, then advanced in the losers' bracket. Had the Royals held on to win Tuesday, the two teams would have played a second game to decide the championship.