CHENEY — Moundridge’s nine-game baseball winning streak came to an end on Friday as bigger-class, state-ranked Cheney swept the Wildcats.
MHS lost the first game 7-1 as Cheney used three innings of two runs each to spark the win. Moundridge had seven hits, including doubles by Anthony Otte, Dylan Sugars and Collin Kohl. Sugars also had a single for a two-hit game.
“We had some untimely errors that cost us a few runs early and we never recovered,” Moundridge coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “Cheney is ranked in the Top 5 in Class 3A for a reason and they made us pay for our mistakes.”
Moundridge appeared to be on its way to a split as it led 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth when the Cardinals erupted for four runs and pulled out a 6-5 victory.
Caleb Frye allowed only one earned run over four innings, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it.
Sugars had another nice game by going 2 for 2 (including a double) and scored two runs. He was 4 for 7 on the day.
“I thought Caleb Frye pitched four good innings but I had to take him out to save him for Monday's game,” Eichelberger said. “Noah (Eichelberger) came in and threw strikes, but Cheney did a good job of finding some holes and hitting the ball hard to retake the lead. We had baserunners all night long, but could not get the big hit when we needed one.”
While the Wildcats fell to 11-6, Eichelberger thought his team could take a lot away from the day.
“I know we lost both games and the players were disappointed, but I think we can build on tonight's games come regional time,” Eichelberger said.