As the season hurdles to a close next week, the Waconia softball team is packing as many games into the schedule as possible. Last week, the ‘Cats played five conference games, along with a three-game tournament in Mankato, finishing the week 4-4.
Delano 12, Waconia 8 — Delano 6, Waconia 2
Hosting Delano on May 7, the Wildcats lost both games despite getting 13 hits in game one.
After five innings, the teams were tied at 5-5, but a seven-run sixth inning for Delano would be too much for Waconia to overcome, even with a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh.
Six Waconia errors, three in the sixth inning, led to too many Delano runs across the plate.
The Wildcats scored eight runs in 13 hits. Junior Haley DeVlaeminck led Waconia at the plate going 4-4, with four doubles and four RBIs. Senior Jaci Reinke was 3-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Junior Kaylee Vanderhoff batted 2-3, while Jordyn Goldschmidt, Kiela DeVlaeminck, Nicole Groeneveld, and McCall Helstrom each had a hit as well.
Vanderhoff started on the mound for Waconia, throwing six innings and giving up 12 runs (only three earned) on 11 hits. She struck out six and walked four. Lexi Kretsch closed for the Wildcats and struck out two during her inning.
In game two, the Wildcats scored two runs in the top of the first, but would not be able to get anyone across the plate for the rest of the game. Delano won 6-2 after strong fifth and sixth innings at the plate.
Goldschmidt was 3-4 at the plate, while Haley DeVlaeminck and senior Ashley Pannier were both 2-4. Sophomore Kia Pankey and Kiela DeVlaeminck also picked up a hit.
Senior Jaci Reinke had the only two RBIs for the team after a two-run home run shot to center field in the first inning.
Kiela DeVlaeminck pitched five innings for WHS allowing four runs (one earned) on nine hits. She struck out two, walked none, but gave up a home run. Kretsch closed on the mound allowing two runs on three hits.
Waconia 6, Orono 4 — Waconia 6, Orono 5
At Orono on May 9, the Wildcats took down the conference leader in both games, winning 6-4 and 6-5. In game one, Waconia scored six runs on 12 hits; Orono scored four runs on four hits.
At the plate, Pannier was 3-4, while Reinke (2-3, 3 RBIs), Goldschmidt (2-4), and sophomore Madi Heckmann (2-3) also had multi-hit games. Reinke had the team’s lone double, along with another home run, this time a solo shot to center field.
Kiela DeVlaeminck pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits. She struck out seven, walked three, and gave up one home run. Kretsch closed the final 0.2 of an inning, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits. She also struck out one Orono batter.
Thanks to four Orono errors in game two, Waconia was able to pull off a 6-5 victory.
It was a team effort at the plate, as no Wildcat had more than one hit. Pankey, Goldschmidt, Haley DeVlaeminck (2 RBIs), Groeneveld, and Heckmann each had a hit. DeVlaeminck and Groeneveld’s were doubles.
Vanderhoff started on the mound for WHS, throwing four innings. She allowed five runs on 10 hits and walked one. Kiela DeVlaeminck relieved Vanderhoff to pitch the last three innings and gave up three hits. She walked one and struck out two.
Waconia 12, G-SL 9
In their final conference game of the week, the Wildcats hosted Glencoe-Silver Lake on May 10. Waconia won 12-9 thanks to 18 hits. Eight runs came in the second inning, with the final four to follow in the third.
Reinke and Kenzie Clouse were both 3-4 at the plate with 3 RBIs, while Pankey, Goldschmidt, Helstrom, and Kiela DeVlaeminck all had two hits each. Reinke kicked off the second inning with a solo home run to center field, and Clouse started the third with a home run to left field.
It was a three-Wildcat pitching effort against the Panthers, with Vanderhoff picking up the win after pitching the first three innings. She struck out four batters and walked two. The Panthers scored four runs (two earned) on two hits and one home run.
Eighth grader Mackenzie Merritt pitching two innings following Vanderhoff, and allowed three runs (none earned) on three hits. Kretsch closed for WHS, allowing two runs on three hits.
Mankato West tournament
Waconia closed the week at a Mankato West tournament May 11. The Wildcats lost the first game 5-2 to Mankato West, and then were kicked by Burnsville in a 19-0 shutout. The Wildcats never got a hit, and with eight WHS defensive errors, Burnsville easily took the win.
After lying dormant against Burnsville, the Wildcat bats came alive against Rochester Lourdes, collecting 18 runs on 16 hits for an 18-0 victory. Rochester Lourdes had just four hits and seven errors.
An 11-run third inning boosted the Wildcat score, as Waconia also picked up one run in the first, three in the second, and three in the fifth.
Groeneveld was 3-2 (one RBI) and Pankey was 2-3 at the plate with three RBIs to lead the Wildcats. Two of Pankey’s RBIs came on her first varsity home run, a shot to center field in the top of the second that also scored Jenna VanDeVelde. Reinke was also 2-3 with two RBIs, while Haley DeVlaeminck (1-3) and VanDeVelde (1-4) also drove in two runs.
Kiela DeVlaeminck and Merritt split the game on the mound. DeVlaeminck struck out three and walked one in her two innings, while not allowing a single hit by Rochester Lourdes. Merritt gave up four hits, but no runs in her three innings.
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