Baseball Wildcats win 6-5 thriller to make finals

By Steve Sell
May 16, 2017

MOUNDRIDGE — Thanks to an incredible comeback, the Moundridge baseball team lived to play another day on Monday.

Arch-rival Inman opened up a 5-1 lead on the Wildcats after scoring a run in the top of the sixth inning and Moundridge appeared to be cooked.

But the Wildcats charged back with four runs in the bottom of the inning and then Peyton Fast’s RBI single scored Chris Leddy for the thrilling walk-off win in the seventh.

“An unbelievable comeback by our team tonight,” said Moundridge coach Lynn Eichelberger, whose Wildcats play No. 1-seed Leon-Bluestem at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the regional title. “We did not play our best baseball tonight. We had routine plays we did not make that we have been making all year.”

MHS tied the game at 5-all in the sixth on an RBI single by Hunter Emerson that scored Collin Kohl.

Inman, down 1-0 early, scored three runs in the third to vault itself into the lead.

Good pitching dominated the day. Moundridge had only four hits, two by Fast. Inman had five hits, three by Kolton Lare, who also had two RBIs.

Dylan Sugars pitched the first five innings for the Wildcats and struck out 12. Caleb Frye, coming off his no-hitter, was the winner in relief.

Walker Strange allowed only one hit in his 5 1/3 innings for the Teutons. Ethan DeWitt took the loss in relief.

Leon-Bluestem advanced with a 15-0 victory over Canton-Galva, which had outlasted Flinthills 10-9 in the first round. 

In the Eagles' win, Logan Miller collected three hits and Nick Pearson drove in three runs. Reed Wiens struck out seven in his 6-plus innings on the mound.