Royals defeat Pats in Sub-Section Finals, 9-3

(Pictured: The Royalton Royals won the Sub-Section 5A South title, May 29 with their win over USA 9-3. Royalton players are: Coaches Rusty Gwost and Chad Shelstad, Andrew Gurbada, Brian Hanson, Chris Fussy, Nathan Obermiller, Nick Petron, Aaron Petron, Pete Gleisner, Nick Benusa, Mike Wenner. Staff photo by Jason Olson)

According to Royal head coach Rusty Gwost, “There’s always been a rivalry between us, it’s healthy to keep the game alive but in the same breath it can’t get out of hand.”

Rusty was noting the fact that some students were creating a distraction for the players on both sides. The distraction was caused by a fan who ran in front of the USA fans wearing a lions head costume and holding a pro-Royalton sign and was shoved by some USA fans. The taunting ended by some chanting from the Royalton side at the end of the game.

“I was disappointed in some of the behavior, the two towns have a very competitive spirit, and some of the antics went too far,” said Patriot head coach Ken Solarz.

The teams could meet again next Wednesday if Royalton loses Monday and USA wins their game on Monday.

Royalton pitcher Brian Hanson pitched the complete game allowing three runs, one earned on four hits.

“(Brian) Hanson pitched well, but give the bottom third of our batting order the credit for the win,” said Royals head coach Rusty Gwost.

The bottom third went 9-12 at the plate and played a key role in the six run, fourth inning rally for the Royals

Nick Petron, batted sixth and jump started the rally with a two RBI double. Petron added another hit to go 2-4 at the plate. Pete Gleisner added two hits, Aaron Petron went 3-3 and Nathan Benusa went 2-3 at the plate.

“Usually we’re talking about Mike, Brian and Andrew but not tonight. It was the bottom of the order that came through for us. Those guys put the hit on them with some very confident at bats and some key hits in the clutch,” said head coach Gwost.

Royalton seemed to be running the bases with confidence as they stole five bases and were running whenever second base was open. “We are an aggressive team, similar to the previous game, we tried to steal bases and manufacture some runs,” commented Gwost.

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