Softball Wildcats pummel Bennington twice

By Steve Sell
April 23, 2014

BENNINGTON — The Moundridge girls were flawless in a softball sweep of Bennington on Tuesday.

The Wildcats improved to 6-4 on the season with 19-0 and 10-0 shutouts of the Bulldogs.

The first game ended in three innings, as MHS scored seven runs in the first and 11 in the second.

Offensive instigators were Michelle Schrag (3 for 4, three runs scored, two RBIs), Baylie Blouin (3 for 3, three runs scored and two RBIs), Chelsey Knight (two hits, two RBIs), Zaelynn Foth (two hits, two runs, two RBIs), Elizabeth Ratzlaff (two hits, two runs, two RBIs) and Jadeh Moore (three RBIs).

Hope Wedel threw a three-inning no-hitter, walking two and fanning six.

“Our first game was an excellent game for us overall,” MHS coach Clark Wedel said. “Hope Wedel pitched a no-hitter and our offense was very good.  Anytime you can record 17 hits in three innings you are doing some good things at the plate. It seemed that everyone was aggressive at the plate and we hit up and down the lineup.”  

Game 2 at least went five innings, with MHS scoring six runs in the fourth to pull away.

The offense was balanced, as Ratzlaff led the way with two hits and two runs. She had a double as did Schrag. Foth added two more RBIs.

Emily Knight dazzled on the mound, allowing one hit and fanning seven while walking three.

“In Game Two, we seemed to become tentative at the plate,” Wedel said. “We only recorded seven hits against the exact same pitcher. We must become more consistent with our plate appearances. We had to run the bases aggressively and do some bunting to create more run-scoring opportunities. Overall, it was a good night for us as we were able to get two much- needed wins.  Hopefully, this will boost our confidence here in the middle of the season.”

The Wildcats host rival Inman on Friday.