Wildcats 14/15A Night at Lions Park
The week of June 10 brought two nail biters for the Wildcats and their fans. Both games went back and forth the entire way. In the end the Wildcats rallied for wins against Bloomington Red and Plymouth Wayzata.
The Wildcats had the opportunity "Walk Off" as winners in their June 10th game against Bloomington Red under the beautiful lights of Waconia Lions Park. Thank goodness for the lights as this game went the distance and ended after 10:30 pm. The Wildcats trailed by 5 in the late innings but continued to chip away. Down 10-7 in the bottom of the 7th, the Wildcats went to work and combined clutch batting with aggressive base running to score four and an exciting 11-10 walk off win.
The Wildcats traveled to Plymouth on June 11 for another game filled with emotion and anxiety. The game started a few minutes early with concerns of potential weather. Good thing too, as this game went into extra innings. Both teams held the lead several times. The Wildcats down 8-7 in the 6th put up two runs to take the lead. This didn't last long as Plymouth Wayzata bounced right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 8 apiece. Plymouth held the Wildcats to no runs in the top of the 7th. With a possibility of ending on the losing side of this walk-off, the Wildcats defense buckled down to go 3-Up, 3-Down in the 7th and 8th inning. In the top of the 8th, the Wildcats scored from 2nd on a close play at the plate to pick up the go ahead run. That is all they would need to end up on top in this exciting 9-8 game!
Set your GPS to Bloomington! Next week will be the week of Bloomington. The Wildcats play at Bloomington Blue on June 19th and at Bloomington Red on June 24. They squeeze the Bloomington Tournament between those games on June 21-23. Based on history, these will be some tough games.
The Wildcats extended their lead in the Region 1 standings this week. The Wildcats defeated the Minneapolis Millers and St Louis Park while dropping a game to Bloomington Blue.
On Monday, June 3rd the Wildcats beat the Millers 8-3 in Cologne. They are developing a pattern of minimizing self inflicted damage and allowed only one run via walks or errors in this game. The Wildcats sent four pitchers to the mound over 7 innings and each hurler showed top notch control. The Wildcats got off to a strong start by putting up five runs in the first inning and stayed in control for the rest of the game.
Tuesday, June 4th was an opportunity for the Wildcats to avenge their only loss of the season against Bloomington Blue at Waconia's newest baseball field, just west of the new High School athletic complex. Unfortunately revenge will have to wait a couple weeks for their next clash in Bloomington as the Wildcats fell with a final score of 18-11. The Wildcats offense put up 11 runs but couldn't overcome a uncharacteristic defensive mistakes. Bloomington deserves credit as they showed strong bats once again and continued to put pressure on the Wildcats defense
On Thursday, June 6th the Wildcat's showed grit and determination by bouncing back from the tough loss to defeat 2nd place St Louis Park 6-5 in Cologne. The game went back and forth and the Wildcats rallied from behind to get the W. Strong starting pitching and timely hits were key in this game.
The Wildcats are looking forward to taking the field at Waconia's Lions Park Field on Monday, June 10th. It will be fun to play in front of the fans who can enjoy the fabulous grand stands!
The Wildcats continue to showcase great balance highlighted by solid defense in winning the last three games in MBL Region 1 games. They improved their league record to 5-0 and 7-1 overall. In league play, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 50-14 in five games.
On May 20th, the Wildcats defeated Minnetonka White 7-1 at beautiful Fritz field in Cologne. While giving up a run in the top of the first inning, the Wildcats bounced right back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. They would shut down Minnetonka for the rest of the game. The pitching was superb while limiting Minnetonka to only two bases on balls during the game. Walks will haunt and the Wildcats have limited damage all season by issuing very few walks.
The Wildcats remained focused during the last week of school by traveling to Minneapolis on May 28th and beating the Millers 12-1 in five innings. In addition to stellar defense, the bats came to life and put up 12 runs in 5 innings. They also limited the Millers to five total base runners during the game.
May 29th provided a hard fought game versus Minnetonka Blue with the game being even closer than the final score of 9-5. The Wildcats defense battled for the critical third out and stranding many Minnetonka Blue runners. They also played error free defense preventing extra bases for Minnetonka's formidable offense. The Wildcats offense had its best game of the year statistically by generating the most hits for a single game this season.
The Wildcats will celebrate the last day of school and enjoy a baseball free weekend. Games continue again next week as we enter the crazy days of summer.