Waukon baseball team’s 1-4 start to the 2019 season begins with home victory, 7-5, over Class 1A eighth-rated South Winneshiek

Got him! ... Waukon baseball senior first baseman Pryce Hesse puts a tag on this South Winneshiek baserunner as he tries to dive back to the bag in the Indians’ 7-5 season-opening home win over the Class 1A eighth-rated Warriors Wednesday, May 22. Hesse took the pick-off throw from senior pitcher Levi McGeough to erase this baserunner early in the second inning. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon baseball team got first-year head coach Shane Schellsmidt’s initial week at the helm off to a promising start at home before hitting some bumps on the road in getting its 2019 season off to a 1-4 start. After having their originally scheduled season opener at North Fayette Valley postponed from Tuesday, May 21 to this Thursday, May 30 due to rainy weather, the Indians gutted out a 7-5 win in Schellsmidt’s new coaching debut at home over Class 1A eighth-rated South Winneshiek Wednesday, May 22. The Indians then hit the road for a busy 24-hour stretch that saw them fall in four consecutive games, including a Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) doubleheader sweep, 9-8 and 10-1, by Charles City played at Waverly Friday, May 24 before another pair of losses at Coach Schellsmidt’s alma mater home field at the annual Shooky Fink Tournament in New Albin Saturday, May 25, the Indians first falling to the host Kee Hawks, 9-1, before suffering a similar fate to the same South Winneshiek squad they had defeated to start the season, 11-0 in five innings.

The Indians were scheduled to remain on the road for most of this next busy week as well, playing games on four consecutive nights. The baseball Tribe was slated to travel to New Hampton Tuesday, May 28, to MFL/MarMac Wednesday, May 29 and then to North Fayette Valley Thursday, May 30 to make up that May 21 postponement before hosting Waverly-Shell Rock for a NEIC doubleheader Friday, May 31. Waukon will then play at Sumner-Fredericksburg Monday, June 3, and host Oelwein Tuesday, June 4 and Turkey Valley Wednesday, June 5, before traveling to Decorah for another NEIC double-dip Friday, June 7.

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