‘Cats sweep Hutch in doubleheader

The Waconia girls’ softball team got lucky last Friday and managed to sneak in a double header in Hutchinson, making the Wildcats and Tigers two of the only three WCC teams that were able to play any games last week.

Sweeping the Tigers 5-0 and 11-7 on Friday, the Wildcats improved to 7-1 this season.


Waconia 5, Hutch 0

Senior pitcher Kiela DeVlaeminck shut down the Tigers in the first game, throwing all seven innings and only allowing four hits. She earned the shut out win with no walks and eight strikeouts.

At the plate, the Wildcats took an early 3-0 lead after the first half-inning, thanks to a string of hits from the Wildcats.

Junior Jordyn Goldschmidt led off with a single. She would dash around the bases to score on an error by the Hutchinson left fielder during DeVlaeminck’s at bat, a single. Junior Nicole Groeneveld knocked DeVlaeminck in with an RBI single, before freshman Lexi Kretsch reached on a fielder’s choice. Senior Haley DeVlaeminck hit a sacrifice fly to score Groeneveld and put the ‘Cats up 3-0.

Waconia added another run in the top of the third, in a combination of a single from Groeneveld, Haley DeVlaeminck reaching on an error, and junior Madi Heckmann reaching on a fielder’s choice, which scored Groeneveld.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, the Wildcats packed away the game, scoring another run on singles from junior Kia Pankey and Kiela DeVlaeminck, and Goldschmidt reaching on an error.

Hutchinson managed only four hits, scoring no runs, and committed five defensive errors. The Wildcats had no errors and scored five runs on 10 hits. Goldschmidt was 3-4 at the plate, while Kiela DeVlaeminck and Groeneveld were both 2-4.


Waconia 11, Hutch 7

Hutchinson was able to post seven runs in the second game, but the Waconia offense was on fire, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits.

After a busy three innings, the teams were tied at 7-7 after six different lead changes. Hutchinson put up two runs in the top of the first inning before Waconia responded with four to take a 4-2 lead.

Singles from Kiela DeVlaeminck and Groeneveld, combined with a walk from Pankey and a Kretsch double drove in three WHS runs.  Two batters later, sophomore Emily Anderson hit an RBI single to center field.

The Tigers tied it at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the second inning, before Kiela DeVlaeminck, Groeneveld, and Kretsch combined hits again for three more WHS runs.

In the top of the third, Hutchinson again tied the game and held off the Wildcats in the bottom to make it an even 7-7 after three innings.

After that, Waconia’s defense shut down the Hutchinson offense. WHS’ Kretsch threw the first two and one-third innings for the ‘Cats, allowing seven runs on six hits. She walked two and struck out two. Of those seven runs, only three were earned, as the ‘Cats totaled four defensive errors during Game 2. Kiela DeVlaeminck took over for Kretsch mid-third inning. She picked up the win by striking out three and only giving up four hits in her 4.2 innings.

Waconia took a 9-7 lead in the fourth with a two-run homer by Kiela DeVlaeminck to center field, and extended the lead to a final 11-7 in the fifth with a string of hits from Heckmann and Anderson, senior Kenzie Clouse reaching on a Hutchinson error and Pankey with a RBI ground out. The last 1.5 innings were scoreless and Waconia took away the 11-7 win and double header sweep.

Four Wildcats had multi-hits games, including DeVlaeminck (4-4, 2 RBIs), Anderson (2-3, RBI), Groeneveld (2-4, RBI), and Pankey (2-4). Despite going 1-4, Kretsch drove in three RBIs.

With an incredibly busy schedule the next few weeks as the now 7-1 Wildcats try to make up some missed games, WHS head coach Audra Lehrke said the Wildcats are just going to take it game by game.

“Everyone is in the same boat … so we just have to take one day at a time,” she said. “Our goal is to stay mentally focused on the current game and not worry about who we play the next day.”