Wildcats Make Deep Run at State Tournament
The Winsted Wildcats returned to the Amateur State tournament after missing it last year despite being the No. 1 seed in Region 7C. The Wildcats, who finished with a 13-5 record in the Crow River Valley League (CRVL), were the No. 4 seed in the Region 7C tournament, and qualified for the state tournament with wins over Young America and Brownton. After wins over the Cardinals and Bruins, the Wildcats lost to the Plato Bluejays and Waconia Lakers, earning the No. 4 Seed coming out of Region 7C.
The Wildcats opened their stellar state tournament run with a shutout against Roseau, advancing to the second round. In their second game of the tournament, it took 10 innings, but the Wildcats came away with a 4-1 win over Gaylord thanks to a clutch double by Joe Kley to bring in three runs.
The Wildcats didn’t stop there though. They kept their solid play going, advancing to the tournament’s final weekend with a 7-5 win over Watkins.
In the final 8, mistakes came back to haunt the Wildcats as they came up short in a 15-12 loss to Sobieski, ending their impressive season. Sobieski then later went on to lose in the championship game to Raymond.
The Wildcats were led at the plate by Matt Elsenpeter during the regular season. Elsenepeter batted .421, with 12 RBI and a team-high three home runs.
On the mound, Tony Kley was again the ace. Kley posted a 2-1 record with 0.26 ERA while striking out 50 batters. Kley was also named CRVL Pitcher of the Year once again.