Baseball Wildcats sweep Bennington

By Steve Sell
April 26, 2017

BENNINGTON — Moundridge’s baseball team reached the halfway point of the season with a 6-4 record after sweeping Bennington on Tuesday.

The Wildcats were a 7-5 winner in Game 1, bolting to a 6-1 lead before the Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make things interesting. MHS added on an important insurance run in the seventh.

Four Wildcats had two hits each — Dylan Sugars, Caleb Frye, Bryant Olson (including a double) and Remington Creed.

Sugars fanned seven in his five innings to pick up the win, with Josh Knight earning the save.

“We finally scored some runs to complement Dylan Sugars on the mound today,” MHS coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “Dylan pitched well with good control in weather that was not ideal. With the strong north winds in Bennington and no wind blocks, Sugars did a great job on the hill. Hitters 2-6 in the bating order were getting it done in Game 1. Devin Feil from Bennington had not lost a game all year on the mound and beating him was a good team accomplishment.”

There was far less drama in Game 2 as the Wildcats pasted the Bulldogs 10-0 behind a combined shutout pitching effort by Chris Leddy and Knight. Leddy went 3 2/3 to pick up the win and Knight finished it off with 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Noah Eichelbeger laced three hits for the Wildcats, while Peyton Fast had three RBIs on two hits. 

“Starter Chris Leddy and reliever Josh Knight combined for a two-hitter in the second game to get us to a warm bus early,” Lynn Eichelberger said. “As the afternoon went on, the colder it got and my goal was to get us on the bus as soon as possible before the cold rain moved in. I guess the players had the same idea as we came out swinging and being aggressive. Lead-off hitter Noah Eichelberger was solid at the plate with three hits and Peyton Fast drove in three runs with a couple of hits. We played error-free baseball in Game 2 with Peyton making some nice plays at shortstop and Noah running down balls in the outfield gaps.”