MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge baseball coach Lynn Eichelberger had to be wondering what in the heck was going on in the first inning of Game 1 with arch-rival Inman on Friday.
The Teutons stunned the Wildcats by scoring seven runs as Moundridge appeared to be beat before ever coming to the plate.
But Moundridge scored the game’s final 10 runs for a 10-7 victory, then won a well-played Game 2 5-2 to complete the sweep.
“After we got down 0-7 after the first inning, I thought our team showed great resolve to chip away at the lead and get the victory,” MHS coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “I thought Josh Knight entered the game in a tough spot with bases loaded, no outs, in the first inning and he reduced the damage. Caleb Frye came in and closed the door for the save.”
Inman was still up 7-5 when the Wildcats’ Peyton Fast stroked a clutch two-out hit to score two runs to tie the game at 7-7 in the fourth. In the fifth, Knight helped his own cause by driving in the go-ahead run.
MHS won the game despite managing just four hits. Inman had seven, two apiece by Jayden Martin and Dakota Parkhurst.
Knight went 5 1/3 innings for the win. Connor Brown took the loss.
In Game 2, a three-run fifth inning was the difference. Noah Eichelberger, the second of three pitchers, was the winner. He also had two of the five MHS hits.
Walker Strange had two hits for Inman. Ethan DeWitt took the loss.
“Chris Leddy started the game and got into a little trouble in the first inning, which raised his pitch count to a point where I had to take him out,” Lynn Eichelberger said. “Putting Noah in the game that early did not worry me a coach, it worried me as a Dad. I told him we need a couple of innings out of you so we can bring in Caleb to close out the game. He gave us 5 1/3 quality innings. He did a great job keeping the Inman hitters guessing and got a lot of ground balls our defense made the plays on. Noah is not going to blow the fastball by you, but he likes to dink and dunk around the strike zone. Caleb Frye came in the game in the seventh with two outs, a 3-0 count on the batter and threw three consecutive strikes to earn his second save of the night.”