At the halfway point of the Gopher Classic, Wayzata was in good shape with a 5-0 record and a pool championship.
As this edition went to press on Monday, July 10, Wayzata was playing Fargo, North Dakota in the first round of elimination play. As the defending champion, Wayzata knows what its like to play the nine games that are required to win the title.
“We’re locked in,” said Wayzata head coach Aaron Turner. “We’re taking it one pitch at a time.”
With a 17-2 record, Wayzata is deep in the pitching department. So deep, in fact, that Turner was able to win five games in pool play without calling on any of his top three pitchers – Matthew Bohlke, Peyton Gallagher and Will Oberg.
Oberg was All-State during the high school season in leading the Trojans to a 19-6 record. Bohlke and Gallagher have been pitching well all spring and summer.
Prior to the Gopher Classic, Wayzata won the Delano Stars and Stripes Fourth of July Tournament.
The toughest game of that tournament was a 3-2 semifinal victory over the Hopkins Flyers. Bohlke held Hopkins to only four hits in six innings to post the win.
Wayzata’s hot hitter in the Delano tournament was Jack Rothstein, who went 10-for-16 with nine RBIs.
Turner’s view of Wayzata’s 17-2 start is to keep things in perspective.
“I try not to focus on our record,” he said. “I want to focus on what we need to do to get ready for the playoffs.”
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