GALVA — It was a matchup of McPherson County baseball teams on Tuesday, with Moundridge successful twice against Canton-Galva.
The first game was a barnburner as the Wildcats outlasted the Eagles, 5-4. Canton-Galva led 2-0 until the fourth when the Wildcats put up three runs. After they made it 4-2 in the top of the fifth, C-G scored a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to get it tied, but Moundridge won it in the seventh with a single run that was scored by Chris Leddy on a wild pitch.
Peyton Fast had two RBIs for MHS, which was held to five hits by C-G pitchers Reed Wiens and Nick Pearson. Dylan Sugars pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Wildcats and fanned nine, but Josh Knight came in to earn the win.
“We did not hit the ball as well as I had hoped in Game 1,” MHS coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “Dylan Sugars again pitched a nice game, but did not finish due to the pitch count rules. He had a few too many walks to make it to the end of the game. Josh Knight came in and finished the game for the win. Peyton Fast had a nice two-RBI base hit in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. We manufactured another run by a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Anthony Otte and Noah Eichelberger.”
For Canton-Galva, Hunter Pearson led the way by driving in two runs as the Eagles were held to five hits.
Moundridge left little doubt in the second game, leading 10-2 after four innings.
The Wildcats lashed 11 hits, including three by Caleb Frye, who also drove in two runs. Eichelberger added two hits. Frye and Remington Creed hit doubles.
Wiens and Nick Pearson had two hits apiece for Canton-Galva.
Three Wildcat pitchers toiled, with Frye earning the win in relief with three scoreless innings, fanning six.
“We got off to a fast start in Game 2 with Noah walking, stealing second and third on two pitches and Dylan Sugars scoring him on a ground out to shortstop,” Lynn Eichelberger said. “Those plays started our aggressiveness on the basepaths and we continued that throughout the game, stealing 20 bases. We scored runs on hits, sacrifice flies, walks and we bunted to move runners. I thought overall our team executed at the plate all night long. We took that momentum from the first game and ran with it into the second game.”