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Delano bests Waconia behind three-run fourth inning to cap regular season on a high note

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 05/18/18, 4:00AM CDT

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The Tigers ended a two-game losing streak with timely hits and a strong pitching performance from senior Lauren York.

Delano pitcher Lauren York (1) delivers a pitch to a visiting Waconia batter Friday. York lead her team to a 3-1 victory, and helped with a key walk in a fourth-inning rally. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Delano pitcher Lauren York (1) delivers a pitch to a visiting Waconia batter Friday. York lead her team to a 3-1 victory, and helped with a key walk in a fourth-inning rally. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Delano's Claudia Schüler with a bases-loaded bunt Friday to score one of three runs for Delano in its victory over Waconia. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Delano's Claudia Schüler with a bases-loaded bunt Friday to score one of three runs for Delano in its victory over Waconia. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

After losing its last two games, Delano responded by defeating Wright County East foe Waconia 3-1 on Friday at Delano High School as the Tigers ended the regular season on a high note.

The Wildcats (10-6, 6-4) got their lone run in the top of the first inning. Waconia senior pitcher Alli Christians got things going at the plate with a RBI double to give her team the early lead.

Christians held Delano (13-4, 8-3) off the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when the Tigers scored three runs, which proved to be the difference.

Delano’s first two runs came on bunt singles with the bases loaded. The Tigers, ranked No. 10 in the Class 3A coaches’ poll, capped off the inning with a walk from freshman center fielder Sydney York that drove in her sister, senior pitcher Lauren York.

The older York held the No. 6-3A Wildcats off the scoreboard after the first inning. Waconia did make it difficult, however, as Waconia had a base runner in each inning.  

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