MOUNDRIDGE — Credit the Moundridge baseball Wildcats for not folding in the face of adversity on Friday.
The Wildcats entered the seventh inning of Game 1 with a 4-2 lead, but visiting Ell-Saline scored three runs for a 5-4 lead.
Undaunted, the Wildcats tied it in the bottom of the inning, then won it in the ninth on a bunt by Dylan Sugars that scored Kyle Stucky.
“Kyle Stucky should have got the win as he pitched a great game,” MHS coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “The defense let him down in the seventh inning when Ell-Saline took the lead. We misplayed a few balls or he throws a complete game. Give credit to our guys for coming back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game to send it into extra innings.”
Sugars doubled in the seventh and eventually scored on Bryant Olson’s sac fly to tie it.
Noah Eichelberger was 4 for 5 to lead MHS and Sugars had two hits.
Game 2 was well played, with Ell-Saline winning by a 5-3 decision. It was a 3-2 game going into the seventh when the Cardinals scored two runs. MHS tallied one in the bottom of the inning, but the rally ran out of steam.
Bryant Olson had two hits and two RBIs for the ‘Cats.
“Chris Leddy had a good outing on the mound, but we did not give him much run support,” Lynn Eichelberger said. “We had the tying run on second in the bottom of the seventh, but could not get him home. I was proud of our team for fighting back all night long. We never gave up all night long even when we were struggling at the plate.”
Moundridge, now 5-5, is on the road twice next week with games Tuesday at Sedgwick and Friday at Bennington.