Baseball Wildcats split with defending state champs

By Steve Sell
April 16, 2014

MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge’s baseball team pounded the ball all day Tuesday against defending state champion Ell-Saline, but had only a split to show for it.

The Wildcats needed only two at-bats to pound the Cardinals 15-0 in the first game, scoring three runs in the first and a whopping 12 in the second.

Garrett Higgins made quick work of the Cardinals with three shutout innings, allowing only two hits. He struck out four.

Hunter Enyart was the big stick with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Corey Barton added two hits and two RBIs, while Higgins scored three runs. Devin Clark had a triple, while Kyle Stucky and Trenton Olson rapped doubles.

“Garrett Higgins pitched a great game for his second start and first win of the season,” Wildcat coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “Our defense was solid.  Our first five hitters all got on base in both innings except for the one time I had Devin Clark sacrifice bunt.”

The second game was disappointing for MHS, as Ell-Saline scored eight runs in the first before weathering a Moundridge comeback. Stucky was supposed to get the start on the mound for MHS, but was injured in the first game and could not throw.

“We gave Ell-Saline six runs before we got an out with walks and errors.” Eichelberger said. “Freshman Dylan Sugars came in and settled down and we chipped away at the lead and brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, but could not get the ball in the outfield.”

The Wildcats actually out-hit the Cardinals, 13-7. Higgins had a huge game by going 4 for 5 with four RBIs and two doubles. Olson was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Anthony Otte had two hits and two RBIs. Kyle Huxman chipped in with two hits.

Nick Leddy took the loss and five pitchers in all were employed.

MHS is now 2-6 on the year. Next action is Tuesday at Bennington.