Information updated February 2019
For the first time in four years, the Winsted Wildcats failed to reach the Region 7C Tournament in 2018. The Wildcats had been one of the most consistent teams in the Crow River Valley League the past four seasons but were unable to overcome their youth and inexperience last year.
The Wildcats’ roster is filled with younger talent compared to other teams. Winsted also features a lineup built with not much depth. That was too much for the Wildcats to overcome, as they saw their streak of reaching the Region 7C tournament snapped.
In the CRVL playoffs, the Wildcats were swept by the Brownton Bruins. Brownton won Game 1, 3-1, in a thriller behind a strong performance from Ryan Grams on the mound. In Game 2, the Bruins cruised to victory, sweeping the Wildcats and clinching a spot in the Region 7C Tournament.
The Wildcats were led by Jake Prehn and Curtis Herbolsheimer at the plate in 2018. Prehn had a knack for getting on base when needed, especially with his signature bunts for base hits. He hit .355 on the season and scored six runs despite dealing with an injury down the final stretch of the season. Herbolsheimer also had a big season at the plate for the Wildcats. He batted .349 and led the team in doubles with four, and runs scored with nine.
On the mound, Shane Khan and Jacob Volness were the top two pitchers for Winsted. Khan finished with an ERA of 3.40 in 39 innings of work, while Volness posted an ERA of 4.60 in 43 innings of work.
In the history of the Winsted Wildcats, they have four members in the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. They are Denis M. Campbell (1980), Francis Kappel (1989), Ken Norman (2001), and Denis “Soup” Campbell (2012).