DASSEL – The home opener for the Dassel-Cokato Saints was an exciting one. Hosting the Watertown Red Devils, the Saints nearly rallied back but the comeback attempt came up short as Watertown held on for an 8-7 win April 30 to open the amateur baseball season.
Watertown grabbed the lead with three runs in the top of third only to see D-C answer back in the bottom half. The Saints cut into that deficit with two runs in the bottom of the third to get back within one.
The back and forth matchup would continue in the seventh. After Watertown scored two runs in the top half to extend their lead to 5-2, D-C had the answer once again. The Saints scored four runs in the bottom half to take a 6-5 lead.
Down for the first time in the game, there was no panic for the Red Devils. They answered the call with three runs in the top of the eighth to take back to the lead. Despite one run from the Saints in the bottom half, Watertown held on for the win to spoil the Saints’ home opener.
For Watertown, Ben Smith and Ryan Hangartner led the way with two hits apiece. Smith also had two RBI while Pat Tschida went 1-for-3 with a triple, run scored, and an RBI.
D-C was led at the plate by Michael Leffler. He went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Paul Jacobson scored two runs in the leadoff spot, while Ben Lindquist added two RBI.