By Melissa Marohl, Sports Writer
The season has ended for the Waconia baseball team, which fell in the first round of sections to Mankato West on May 26.
The No. 5 seeded Wildcats fell to the No. 12 Scarlets in a 1-0 game that lasted nine innings. The Scarlets lone run was an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning.
Dalton Sawyer took the mound for the Wildcats and threw eight innings. Brandon Gonzalaz pitched the ninth, giving up the unearned run and receiving the loss.
Waconia head coach Mark Grundhofer said the ‘Cats had scoring chances throughout the game.
"There were times when we had guys in scoring position with one out, but just couldn’t get them across," Grundhofer said.
Grundhofer credits the Scarlet’s pitcher for keeping the Wildcats off balance.
"He did a real nice job," he said.
The Scarlets went on to lose to Hutchinson later in the day and were subsequently eliminated from the tournament.
The Wildcats finished the season 12-7 overall, with an 11-6 conference record that placed them fourth in the Wright County Conference. The Wildcats final regular season game was attempted on May 23 against Litchfield, but was called after three and one-half innings due to severe weather. At the time the game was called, the Wildcats led 6-1, but in order for a game to count as having been played, the game must reach four and one-half innings.
Grundhofer said had the Wildcats finished and won the May 23 game, they would have been in a three-way tie for second place in the WCC with Hutchinson and Delano.
Look for a full season wrap up of the WHS baseball team in the coming weeks.