PRATT — Moundridge’s first-round Class 2-1A State Softball Tournament opener on Thursday came down to one swing.
Ellinwood’s Brittney Beck homered in the bottom of the sixth inning and that proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 Eagle victory.
The loss ended an excellent season for Moundridge as it closed 15-8.
The 4-5 matchup lived up to its reputation of being the most competitive game of the day as the Eagles were the four seed and MHS was No. 5.
The teams traded zeroes through five innings as MHS’ Jadah Moore was matching Ellinwood’s Allison Panning pitch for pitch.
But Beck led off the sixth with a homer to center field and the Wildcats could never come up with the equalizer.
Moundridge could muster just two hits, a double by Zaelynn Foth and a single by Keira Sebrant.
“This group accomplished so much this year,” Wildcat coach Aaron Annis said. “I’m so proud of what they have done this year. The seniors were the heart and soul of this team and they will be missed. We played a good team with a great pitcher. We just got going too late in the game. Jadah Moore pitched a great game. I’m so proud of her for stepping up and pitching the best game of her career. We might of be losing six seniors, but we will be back ready to make another run at state tourney again next year.”
Moore permitted just four hits and walked only two while striking out six. Panning fanned 12 and walked only one.
Ellinwood takes on Pittsburgh Colgan today in one semifinal, while Chase County tangles with Wabaunsee in the other.
Colgan is the story of the tournament. After going 1-19 during the regular season, the Panthers now have won four straight games. They rolled past top-seed Sedan 11-6 on Thursday.
Cahse County was a 6-0 winner over Sacred Heart and Wabaunsee, the No. 6 seed, routed No. 3 Leon-Bluestem, 15-2.