The Waconia softball team opened the season with a loss on the road, falling 6-1 at Hopkins.
The ‘Cats lone run came across the board in the fifth inning, when Elizabeth Schamber and Jess Grengs put runners on before Abbey Gregor knocked in a score with a line drive.
Gregor, Schamber and Annie Christensen picked up hits in the loss, while Ali Christians and Mollie Dummer split time on the mound.
Waconia 3 Burnsville 8
The Wildcats responded to a pair of early runs from the Blaze with two of their own, but a strong third inning from Burnsville was too much to overcome.
After an opening salvo from the Blaze, Christenen got on base in the lead-off spot, but looked to be stranded after two consecutive outs. Grengs then stepped up to the plate and delivered with a two-run homer to tie the game.
Burnsville took the lead with a four-run third inning, taking control on the way to a win. The ‘Cats managed to get a run back in the fifth after a Gregor single scored Marina Ramirez, but the Burnsville lead was too much to overcome.
Waconia 3 Edina 5
The Wildcats’ bats came alive in the third game of the season, as the ‘Cats tallied nine hits and forced four errors on Saturday. Six Waconia batters got hits against Edina, led by Ramirez’ three and Christensen’s two, while nine ‘Cats in total reached base.
In the fourth, Christians singled before a double from Christenen put Waconia on the board. In the sixth, Macy Muehlberg plated Ramirez after Ramirez singled and Grengs walked. And in the seventh,
Weinberger led-off with a double, Christenen moved her over on a single and Ramirez doubled to bring the third run for the ‘Cats in.
While Waconia out-hit and committed less errors than Edina, the ‘Cats came out on the losing end of a 5-3 game.
Ellie Hukriede and Schamber split time on the mound for Waconia in the close loss.
Waconia 6 Chaska 24
Despite a hot start for Waconia, two strong innings from the Hawks doomed the ‘Cats in a 24-6 loss.
Waconia started the game with a three-run first inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Ramirez and Weinberger singled to put runners on, before Christians emptied the bases with a three-run shot to center field.
While the Hawks scored eight runs in the second inning, the ‘Cats chipped away at the deficit with runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
Dummer and Grengs led-off the second inning by getting on base, and a ground ball from Schamber plated Alyssa Lundquist (courtesy runner for Dummer) for Waconia’s fourth run of the game. In the fourth, Dummer doubled and Lundquist was brought across on a Ramirez single. And in the fifth, Christenen batted in Weinberger after a double in the lead-off spot put Weinberger on with no outs.