MOUNDRIDGE — Kyle Stucky’s strong pitching performance led the Moundridge Wildcats to a 6-2 season-opening baseball victory over Douglass on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs bounced back to win Game 2, 8-4, to salvage the split.
“Kyle Stucky pitched a gem of a game to notch us a win,” MHS coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “His pitch count got too high for him in the sixth to finish the game.”
Stucky was razor-sharp, giving up just three hits and a run over 5 1/3 innings. He fanned 10. Chris Leddy came on to record the save.
The Wildcats had only three hits, the big one being a two-out, two-run single by Trenton Olson. Nick Leddy and Caleb Frye had the other Moundridge hits.
The second game came down to the seventh inning when Douglass scored five runs to take an 8-1 lead, only to see the Wildcats score three to make things interesting.
Frye allowed only one run through five innings, but gave up two in the sixth just ahead of the five in the seventh.
The Wildcats’ Anthony Otte had a monster game by going 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Stucky added a triple.
“I thought Game 2 was a well-played high school baseball game until we committed a few errors in the same inning to open the floodgates in the seventh inning for Douglass,” Eichelberger said. “We could not overcome the errors in the loss. Caleb Frye pitched well enough to win, but we could not get a timely hit as we left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. We played 13 innings of good baseball, but the one inning we struggled cost us the sweep.”