WHS shuts down NL-S in five

Senior Haley DeVlaeminck fields the ball earlier this season. (Patriot staff photo by Melissa Marohl)
Senior Haley DeVlaeminck fields the ball earlier this season. (Patriot staff photo by Melissa Marohl)

Five innings was all it took for the Waconia softball team to shut out New London-Spicer at home on April 22.

Whether it was senior Kiela DeVlaeminck or freshman Lexi Kretsch on the mound, New London-Spicer managed just two hits, one off each pitcher. DeVlaeminck threw two innings, striking out three. Kretsch tossed three innings, striking out five NL-S batters and walking three.

The WHS Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, taking the New London-Spicer pitcher for a ride. Two Wildcat walks and a single by junior Jordyn Goldschmidt loaded the bases with no outs for the ‘Cats. Junior Nicole Groeneveld batted clean up for WHS and hit an RBI single to left field.

Kretsch then reached on a error by the NL-S short stop, which allowed two Wildcat runs to score. DeVlaeminck then hit an RBI single to right field to push the score up to 4-0.

Still without an out, WHS junior Madi Heckmann reached on an error by the NL-S third baseman, allowing Kretsch to score.

Later in the inning, junior Jenna VanDeVelde brought DeVlaeminck home by grounding out to third to give WHS a 6-0 lead.

Kretsch and Clouse both reached on error in the third inning, and combined with a single from Heckmann, the Wildcats pushed the score up to 7-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, Clouse had a lead off double, followed by a single from junior Kia Pankey to bring Clouse home. Goldschmidt doubled to bring Pankey home, before freshman Mackenzie Merritt grounded out to third base, allowing Goldschmidt to score and ending the game in five innings with a 10-0 Waconia shut out.

Waconia scored its 10 runs on nine hits and no defensive errors. In contrast, the NL-S Wildcats had just two hits, no runs, and five costly defensive errors.

Goldschmidt led WHS at the plate, going 3-4 with a double and an RBI. The remaining Waconia hits came from DeVlaeminck, Clouse, Pankey, Heckmann, Groeneveld, and sophomore Emily Anderson. RBI’s came off the bats of DeVlaeminck, Pankey, Groeneveld, and Merritt.

The Wildcats picked up their second win of the week in a 6-4 extra-inning victory at Holy Family Catholic on April 25. Waconia scored six runs on 11 hits and three defensive errors, posting two runs in both the third and eighth innings.

The Fire scored four runs, including three in the third, on seven hits and four errors.

Waconia took the early lead in the top of the second inning, when Heckmann sacrificed to score Kretsch, who had previously walked.

The Wildcats extended their lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third on two hits, two Holy Family errors, and a sacrifice fly.

Holy Family tied it up in the bottom of the third with a string of hits and capitalizing on Wildcat errors.

Waconia took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning and held it until the bottom of the seventh, when Holy Family senior Anna Herd had a lead off home run to tie the game. The Wildcats held off the rest of the Fire offense, thanks to two strikeouts by WHS pitcher Kiela DeVlaeminck, to send the game into extra innings.

Kretsch led off the eighth inning with a single to right field before DeVlaeminck ended the game with a two-run home run blast to center field. Waconia shut down Holy Family in the bottom of the inning to escape with the 6-4 win.

DeVlaeminck threw all eight innings for WHS, allowing four runs on seven hits. She walked one Fire batter and struck out seven more.

She was a double-threat behind the plate as well, going 2-4 with a double and her home run, to knock in two RBIs.

Goldschmidt was 3-4 on the day with two singles and a double. Pankey also had a multi-hit day, going 2-5.