The Woodbury Royals 10AAA baseball team completed a memorable week by taking second place at the Wisconsin Dells Patriot Games tournament in Reedsburg, Wis., June 29 through July 1.
Maybe the most memorable event was when the boys weren't even playing. On Wednesday, June 27, the team members were "Baseball Buddies" for two Miracle League games at Woodbury's .
The boys showed great enthusiasm and represented the team and well as they encouraged and assisted four teams on the night.
Thursday, their attention focused back to their own game—they defeated Hudson 17-11 and take the Region 2 title. They tied East Ridge with a 14-2 league record but finished first based on a one-run victory over the Raptors in early June.
Friday, the team headed to the Dells for four pool-play games. The Royals quickly fell behind the Menomonee Falls (WI) Indians and fell 6-5.
Game 2 later Friday afternoon had the Royals hitting nearly every pitch and taking away a 16-1 shortened three-inning affair over the Homer (IL) Heat Gold.
Saturday's early game again had the Royals swinging the bats well in a 17-7 four-inning win over the Cary (IL) Trojans.
The onslaught didn't stop there, as Woodbury stayed hot at the plate against the Greenfield (WI) Jr. Hawks and came away with a 14-2 four-inning win. (Mercy rules shorten games at three innings for a 15-run lead, four innings for a 10-run lead and five innings for an 8-run lead.)
The Royals were the top seed heading into Sunday and got a first-round bye. They faced No. 4 seeded Naplate (IL) Titans in the semi-final and again shortened the game to five innings with an 11-2 victory.
In the Championship game, they faced the Homer (IL) Heat Maroon, a USSSA Major team of All-Stars from the southern two-thirds of Illinois. After falling behind big in the first three innings, the Royals chipped back and went through five pitchers but eventually fell 17-11.