In what has become a rarity so far this spring, a Waconia sports team actually got to play a game last week. Thanks to a turf field, the Wildcat baseball team played at Minnetonka on April 16, bringing home a 6-2 victory on what was one of the few sunny afternoons we’ve seen recently.
In only their second day outside, the first being a practice, head coach Mark Grundhofer and the Wildcats didn’t know what to expect.
“You go into a game hoping you do pretty well,” he said. “Everything went really well.”
With solid defense, hitting, and baserunner, the Wildcat varsity squad surprised the Skippers with the 6-2 victory.
Mid-game, fans, players, and coaches were treated to a play Grundhofer has never seen in his 18 years as a coach. While Dan Butz was running to third base, the Minnetonka first baseman overthrew third base and the ball landed in a snowbank on the edge of the field. As previously agreed before the game, Butz was awarded another base, scoring for the Wildcats on the snowdrift play.
Pitching for the Wildcats came from Roch Whittaker, Josh Lenz, and Jacob Stevenson splitting the nine innings on the mound.
“We were just the better team that day,” Grundhofer said.
All three of this week’s Wildcat baseball games have already been postponed due to the weather.
“It’s nuts,” Grundhofer said.
Currently, the Wildcats are scheduled to host New Prague on April 29 and Mound-Westonka on Tuesday, before heading to Hutchinson May 2 for a double header. The ‘Cats will also host Buffalo on Friday, May 3.
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