Baseball team finished season with a 28-2 overall record
It was a season to remember for the 14AAA Champlin/Dayton Rebels as they finished off their remarkable summer with a 12-2 victory over Woodbury in the Gopher State Championship game July 21.
The road wasn’t easy, as a pair of rally’s from seemingly insurmountable deficits advanced the Rebels into the championship series.
The first comeback came after falling behind 7-0 to Andover in a game the Rebels eventually won 10-9. The team also dug itself out of an 8-0 hole in a game against Wayzata that the team would rally to win 10-8.
Champlin met up with Armstrong/Cooper in the first round of bracket play and turned the tables, jumping out to a 7-0 lead before holding on to win 7-4 for to earn a semifinal match-up with Delano.
Delano took a 2-0 first inning lead, but a four-run third and six-run sixth would lift the Rebels to a 12-6 victory to move into the final against Woodbury, which had advanced after taking out top-seeded Burnsville 10-9.
Woodbury would have no such luck against Champlin however, as the Rebels spotted Woodbury a quick 2-0 lead before erupting for 12 runs in cruising to the 12-2 victory.
“I told the boys all year and going into the weekend, if we can get deep into the tournament it should be to our advantage with our depth in pitching and defense,” said coach Kevin Costello. “We have several players who can play multiple positions very well and it paid off all year.”
Champlin finished its season with a 28-2 overall record. The Rebels went 15-1 in division play for the second straight summer, and the team was a perfect 13-0 in tournament play.
In the end, that led to a state championship.
“It’s hard to have a perfect season, but this year was pretty close with only two losses and a state championship,” said Costello. “The boys should be very proud of themselves. They will remember this season for a long time and they deserved it.”