PREP BASEBALL: Hilten plays the hero as Royals top Chargers in dramatic fashion

WATERTOWN – The Watertown-Mayer baseball team wasted no time in their season to pull off a dramatic win. After Ansen Dulas kept the Royals in the game with a strong performance on the mound, it was junior Tanner Hilten who got to play the role of hero.

After Dassel-Cokato rallied to take the lead in the top of the seventh with two runs, the Royals needed a rally of their own in the bottom half. With the Royals down to their last out, W-M finally got something rolling as Cale Wabbe and Devyn Burns came through with singles each to keep the game alive. With two runners on and a 2-2 count, Hilten delivered with a walk-off double to score Wabbe and Burns to give the Royals the dramatic 3-2 win in their season opener.

“It is hard to have a better game to start the season for us,” W-M coach Justin Stohs said. “We played good defense, pitched great, and got a couple timely hits that led to the victory.”

The late game heroics by Hilten wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the strong performance by Dulas on the mound. In six innings of work, the junior allowed just two runs off of two hits while striking out 10. Will McBee closed things down in the seventh for the Royals, keeping them within striking distance heading into their last at-bat.

“After taking a lead in the first, the game went very quickly with both pitchers throwing strikes and playing good defense,” Stohs said. “It is great to see guys that work hard and get rewarded during a game. Tanner stepped up today and got the big hit.”

For the complete story and more HJ sports coverage, check out the Friday, April 12 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for subscription information.

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