Wildcats BaseballThe Wildcats’ Tony Kley takes a cut against the Cologne Hollanders in a 2015 game.

Wildcats have another successful year

The Winsted Wildcats baseball team enjoyed a solid 2015 campaign. The Wildcats finished the season with a record of 15-5 in the league, and won the Crow River North title for the third consecutive season.

With that, the Wildcats earned the overall No. 1 seed in the Region 7C Tournament, where they defeated Cologne in the first round. After beating Cologne, the Wildcats suffered back-to-back losses to the Plato Bluejays, who went on to win the Class C State Tournament, and the Hamburg Hawks that ended their season.

Once the season was over, the Widlcats’ Tony Kley and Jake Volness were drafted by the Bluejays and Hawks, respectively. Kley went on to lead the Bluejays to the aforementioned Class C state title, and was also named the MVP.Adding on to his accomplishments, Kley was named MVP of the Wildcats and Crow River Pitcher of the Year. Gregg Kohler was a standout for the Wildcats with the bat.

He finished fourth in the league with a .412 batting average, hit four home runs, seven doubles, scored 24 runs, and batted in 24 runs. Brennan Gilyard batted .348, and Garrett Zander tied for the league-lead with two triples.

On the mound, the Wildcats finished with the second-best earned-run average in the league with a 2.38. Kley finished with an ERA of 0.89 and 107 strikeouts in 71 innings. He finished with a won-loss record of 8-1. Jacob Volness finished with a record of 5-2.