A 4-1 win over Delano started the conference season off right for the Waconia softball team last week.
“Delano always has a strong team,” WHS head coach Audra Lehrke said, “so this game was a good start to our conference play.”
Hosting the Tigers on April 15, senior pitcher Kiela DeVlaeminck kept Delano scoreless through five innings before the Tigers were able to push a run across the plate on a walk and a pair of singles.
But by the time the Tigers scored, they were already trailing 4-0, thanks to a four-run fourth inning for WHS.
Junior Jordyn Goldschmidt led off the inning with a double to center field, before senior Haley DeVlaeminck batted Goldschmidt around with a double to left field. Another Waconia double, this time by junior Nicole Groeneveld to left field, drove DeVlaeminck home.
Freshman Lexi Kretsch reached the bags on an error, advancing to second base and allowing Groeneveld to score.
Junior Jenna VanDeVelde followed up with a single to center field to put Kretsch on third. VanDeVelde later stole second base while the Tigers earned their first outs of the inning, striking out a Wildcat and catching a foul fly ball.
Kiela DeVlaeminck then pushed the Wildcats up to four runs with an RBI single to center field, driving Kretsch home. VanDeVelde was thrown out at home to end the inning and the Wildcats’ scoring run for the day.
At the plate, Groeneveld and Haley DeVlaeminck were both 2-3 with an RBI a piece, while Kiela DeVlaeminck was 1-2 with an RBI. VanDeVelde, Kretsch, and Goldschmidt each had one hit.
The Wildcats scored their four runs on eight hits and two defensive errors. The Tigers scored one run in seven hits and one error.
Kiela DeVlaeminck threw all seven innings for WHS, striking out three and walking two Tiger batters. She allowed one earned run on seven hits.
The Wildcats are now 3-1 this season. They will finish this week on the road at Litchfield and Holy Family tonight and tomorrow. Next week, Waconia hosts Annandale Tuesday and a double-header against Mound-Westonka on Thursday.
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