What has been the biggest surprise of the Wayzata High baseball season so far?
• A recent eight-game winning streak?
• Cody Goedderz .460 batting average?
• Soomin Song’s three-homer power surge?
• The smooth transition from coach Bobby DeWitt to coach Mark Elias?
• All of the above.
The correct answer, according to many Trojan fans, is all of the above.
When the Trojans reeled off eight victories in a row, they got everyone’s attention. Going into this week’s action, the team stands 9-4 overall.
Goedderz was one of Wayzata’s best players all the way up through traveling ball. Now as a junior he has become one of the most consistent hitters in the Lake Conference.
Song, always a great glove man at second base, has hit the first three homers of his life this season - two against Burnsville and one against Centennial.
Coach Elias, DeWitt’s assistant in past seasons, has stepped into a leadership role and earned respect around the Lake Conference. As they were under DeWitt, the Trojans are serious and classy on and off the field.
Elias said of the recent winning streak, “In high school baseball it’s hard to be consistent game-in and game-out. Our pitching staff has done an excellent job. The defense has let down a little bit on occasion, but our hitting has been very good. We’re hitting right around .330 as a team, and that’s the best average we have had the last five or six years.”
Goedderz’ .460 average is not the only high mark. Clayton Bodine is hitting .410 and Song is battling to stay above the .400 mark, along with supplying power. Griffin Schneider is the other Trojan who is consistently providing extra-base hits.
The pitching staff is balanced. Tom Skoro is the left-handed ace. Taking on some of the Trojans’ tougher opponents, he is 2-2.
Brendan Broady, Michael Bohlke and David Trenda are the other main pitchers.
Right-hander Joey Gerber has been unable to pitch due to an arm injury, but he has been able to start swinging the bat recently.
The Trojans’ ability to put runs on the board could be their deciding factor in the section playoffs, which begin later this month. When the Trojans come out swinging, they almost always win. In their five most recent outings, they had three games with very impressive numbers. They beat Hill-Murray 13-2, Centennial 8-1 and Park Center 11-1. But the other two games were not as good, as they lost to Edina 5-2 and Eden Prairie 4-1.
“It’s a question of who shows up,” said Elias.
If it’s the hard-hitting Trojan team, there’s a good chance Wayzata can go deep into the playoffs.
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