Teutons, Wildcats split in baseball

By Steve Sell
April 14, 2017

INMAN — Inman and Moundridge didn’t settle anything when it came to baseball bragging rights on Thursday.

The Teutons won the opener 2-1, but the Wildcats came back to take a 10-7 decision in the nightcap.

Game 1 featured tremendous pitching as there were just five hits total in the game. Moundridge’s Dylan Sugars and Josh Knight combined on a one-hitter, but it wasn’t good enough. Ethan DeWitt allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings and Kane Thimmesch finished up.

Jayden Martin had the only Inman hit and Jackson Doerksen had an RBI. Noah Eichelberger had two hits for Moundridge and scored the only run.

“Dylan Sugars pitched a great game allowing one hit and fanning 11 batters,” MHS coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “It is a shame we could not get him the win. He had good velocity on his fastball and his curve ball was moving against the wind and he was throwing it for strikes. We wasted his good outing by taking too many third strikes and not hitting line drives. Inman scored the go-ahead run on an error, which was frustrating for me as a coach. Ethan DeWitt threw well for Inman.”

Moundridge made up for it in Game 2 offensively, scoring in five of seven innings. Anthony Otte had a big game by scoring three runs and hitting a double and single. Chris Leddy had a double and single and scored two runs. Peyton Fast drove in two and Sugars scored two. All that offense made a winner of Leddy, who worked the first five innings. DeWitt, Walker Strange and Kolton Lare all drove in two runs for the Teutons.

“We got out to a good start in the first few innings and built a big enough lead to secure the victory,” Eichelberger said. “Chris Leddy threw well, keeping the Inman hitters off balance enough to only allow two hits over five innings of work. Josh Knight threw an inning in relief after Leddy had reached the pitch count limit and threw well. Caleb Frye came on in the seventh with the bases loaded to get the save. Overall, I thought we did a nice job being aggressive on the bases all night long, stealing 13 bases, with Noah Eichelberger having six and Dylan Sugars having three.  When I asked my hitters to lay down a bunt, they got the job done to moving runners.”