MOUNDRIDGE — The first inning was all the Moundridge softball team needed Wednesday night to advance to state.
The Wildcats jumped on area rival Canton-Galva for 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and later added a four-run frame for good measure as they rolled to a 16-4 victory to move on to next week’s Class 2-1A State Tournament in Pratt.
“We came out swinging in that first inning and never looked back,” a very pleased Moundridge coach Aaron Annis said. “We played so well as a team. They were focused throughout the game and I could see it in their eyes that they wanted this win more than anything. I’m so proud of how much this team has worked to get to where they are now.”
Jadah Moore picked up the win and helped her own cause with three RBIs. Chelsey Knight also drove in three runs, had two hits and scored four runs. Moundridge showed a good eye at the plate by working the count for 11 walks.
“Jadah Moore had great day out on the mound for us. She pitched so well,” Annis said. “And her defense was behind her the whole game. We will celebrate tonight, but we know that we need to buckle down and get back to work for state next week. Top 8 teams in 2-1A will meet in Pratt and we need to be ready to go.”
Canton-Galva had five hits off Moore, two by Taylor Everett. Jayci Mastre had a triple.
State begins next Thursday. The Wildcats most likely will be the No. 5 seed, with Sedan the top seed.