In four games last week, the Waconia baseball team scored 41 runs and only allowed nine to be scored by opponents, finishing the week 3-1 with large margins of victory over Shakopee, Dassel-Cokato, and Annandale.
Despite a shortened conference season, the Wildcats finished fourth in the Wright County Conference in 2013 with a 6-6 conference record. Delano took the title at 9-2, closely trailed by Hutchinson and Holy Family tied at 9-3.
Waconia 13, Shako 1
The week began in a 13-1 victory at Shakopee on May 13, putting the Wildcats in prime position for a solid section seed.
The rally began in the top of the third, when the ‘Cats drove in four runs. Another run in the fourth put WHS up 5-0 before Shakopee could get on the board. Waconia sealed the win with an eight-run seventh inning to put away the Sabers.
Thirteen WHS runs came off of 18 Wildcat hits, giving many players great days at the plate. Cole Hanson was 4-5 on the day with a double and three RBIs. Nick Hukriede was 3-4 with three RBIs, while Jake Stevenson was 3-5 with two RBIs. Jacob Herd and Dan Butz both had two hits and drove in two runs. Roch Whittaker was 2-5 at the plate as well.
Herd threw seven innings for WHS, striking out six while walking just one Shakopee batter. He gave up one run on six hits. In the meantime, Shakopee went through four pitchers to try and stop the Wildcats.
Waconia 16, D-C 5
Waconia 12, A’dale 1
Tuesday brought more electric bats for Waconia, as the Wildcats wholloped Dassel-Cokato 16-5 and then Annandale 12-1 later that night, ending both games after five innings.
While pitching from Josh Lenz and Dylan Lindner limited the Chargers to five runs on four hits, the Wildcat offense put together 16 runs off of 14 hits, that included four Waconia home runs.
Whittaker had a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the third inning, before Herd led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run shot to left field. Later in the fourth, Lindner homered to center. In the bottom of the fifth inning, where the Wildcats scored five runs to end the game, Hukriede hit a three-run home run to left field, scoring Stevenson and Lenz, who had previously reached the bags on a walk and a double, respectively.
All in all, Whittaker was 3-4 on the night with two RBIs, while other multi-hit nights came from Lenz (2-3, 2 RBIs), Herd (2-4, 3 RBIs), Hukriede (2-3, 4 RBIs), and Cody Clark (1-3, 3 RBIs).
Waconia carried its offensive momentum into Game 2 Tuesday night against Annandale, winning 12-1 after 10-run first inning. Waconia led 12-0 after three, and while the Cardinals were able to post one run in the top of the fifth, it clearly wasn’t enough.
Twelve Wildcat runs came from 13 hits. Multi-hit nights came from Lenz (2-2, double), Green (2-3, triple), Cole Sawyer (2-3, double), and Butz (2-4, double). Hanson and Stevenson also doubled. RBI leaders included Green (3), Hanson (2), Sawyer (2), and Stevenson (2).
Butz threw five innings from the mound, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out two and walked three.
Holy Family 2, Waconia 0
The Wildcat bats that had been so hot all week fell silent against Holy Family on May 16. Waconia’s offense was shut down by the Fire, with Butz grabbing a double as the lone WHS hit.
But on the flip side, Holy Family didn’t find much success at the plate either, thanks to stellar pitching by Stevenson. Stevenson threw all seven innings for WHS and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. While walking four batters, Stevenson also struck out nine.
Waconia wrapped up the regular season with games against Big Lake and Buffalo on May 20, but those results were not available when this issue went to press. Seedings for the Section 2AAA tournament will be released later this week. Waconia has already seen many of its section competitors including Shakopee, New Prague, Buffalo, Minnetonka, and Hutchinson. The section also includes Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Mankato East, Mankato West, and Willmar.
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