With wins over Holy Family, Annandale, and Hutchinson, the Waconia softball team finished 3-3 last week, spending the entirety of it on the road. With the conference season now closed, the Wildcats finished second in the Wright County East division with a 9-4 conference record behind Orono (13-2). Waconia is currently 10-7.
Waconia 5, Holy Family 0
Holy Family 6, Waconia 2
The Wildcats split a double header at Holy Family on May 13, winning the first game 5-0 thanks to a shutout game pitched by Kiela DeVlaeminck. DeVlaeminck threw all seven innings and struck out five, while allowing five Fire hits and five walks.
The ‘Cats posted one run in the first inning and another in the second to take an early 2-0 lead. They would not score again until a three-run homer by senior Jaci Reinke in the top of the seventh to clinch the game 5-0.
Waconia collected eight hits, led by Nicole Groeneveld who was 2-3. Reinke was 1-3 with three RBIs, while Kia Pankey, Jordyn Goldschmidt, Ashley Pannier, Madi Heckmann, and Haley DeVlaeminck (double) also picked up hits.
Holy Family jumped out to an early lead in Game 2, after grabbing four quick runs in the top of the first inning. Waconia was limited at the plate with only two hits, one each from Pannier (double) and Reinke (home run).
The ‘Cats pushed one run across the plate in the fourth inning when Kiela DeVlaeminck was able to steal home. Their other run came on Reinke’s solo home run in the sixth.
Kaylee Vanderhoff pitched three innings for WHS and took the loss. She allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits, walked two, and struck out one. Kiela DeVlaeminck closed for the Wildcats, throwing the final four innings and allowing one run on six hits. She walked one and struck out two Fire batters.
Dassel-Cokato 6, Waconia 3
Waconia 6, Annandale 5
In two roads games on May 14, the Wildcats first fell to Dassel-Cokato 6-3. After taking an early 3-2 lead after two innings, the Chargers posted four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take the game from Waconia.
The ‘Cats tallied just four hits, one each from Pannier (double), Haley DeVlaeminck, Reinke, and Groeneveld.
Vanderhoff pitched just over one inning, allowing two runs on two hits. She struck out one and walked four. Lexi Kretsch threw the final 4.2 innings for Waconia, allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two Chargers.
In the same night, the Wildcats pulled off a nine-inning 6-5 victory over Annandale. Trailing 5-0 headed into the fourth inning, Waconia quickly caught up with a five-run inning fueled by a string of Wildcat hits.
Waconia clinched the game by pushing another run across the plate in the top of the ninth inning, after two Annandale errors put Waconia runners on base. The Cardinals had eight total errors to Waconia’s four.
Goldschmidt and Kiela DeVlaeminck were both 2-4 at the plate, with additional hits from Haley DeVlaeminck, Reinke, Pannier, and Heckmann (double) to tally eight total hits for WHS.
Kretsch started on the mound, throwing three innings and allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits. She struck out four and walked one. Kiela DeVlaeminck threw the final six innings, allowing four hits, but no runs. She struck out eight Annandale batters.
Buffalo 5, Waconia 1
The week continued at Buffalo on May 16, where the Wildcats fell to the host team 5-1 despite eight WHS hits. Buffalo was able to string its 10 hits together for five runs.
The lone Wildcat run came in the top of the fifth. After Goldschmidt singled to the pitcher and subsequently reached second on an error from said pitcher, McCall Helstrom singled to left field to score Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt led WHS at the plate going 2-4, while Helstrom, Groeneveld, Reinke (double), Pannier, Heckmann, and Kenzie Clouse also picked up hits.
Kretsch threw four innings allowing four runs on seventh hits. Vanderhoff closed, allowing one run on three hits, including one home run.
Waconia 5, Hutchinson 1
The ‘Cats wrapped up their conference schedule May 17 at Hutchinson, winning 5-1. Waconia scored five runs on seven hits and two errors over Hutchinson’s one run on six hits and two errors.
Groeneveld was a perfect 3-3 at the plate for Waconia, while additional hits came from Goldschmidt, Pannier, Reinke (2 RBIs), and Clouse.
Vanderhoff threw the first inning, before Kiela DeVlaeminck threw the final six, allowing one unearned run on six hits. DeVlaeminck collected nine strikeouts during her time on the mound.
The Wildcats hosted Shakopee in the final game of the regular season on Monday. Seedings for the section tournament will be announced later this week with games beginning this weekend.
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