Two more wins for Moundridge softball

By Steve Sell
April 26, 2014

MOUNDRIDGE — It was a rare triangular Friday when Moundridge’s softball team hosted Little River and Inman.

Against Little River’s first-year program, the Wildcats were an easy 16-1 winner. The top of the MHS order did damage, including Michelle Schrag (2 for 2, four runs scored), Chelsey Knight (2 for 3, three runs scored), Elizabeth Ratzlaff (four runs scored) and Baylie Blouin (three RBIs). Brooke Holloway also drove in three runs with two hits and Jadah Moore continues to excel in the bottom part of the order with two more RBIs.

Little River was held to two hits by Ratzlaff, who fanned five in the four-inning game.

“This was a solid game for us,” MHS coach Clark Wedel said. “We had 10 hits in four innings, which is pretty good production. I really liked our aggressiveness running the bases and we were able to get some timely bunts. Elizabeth Ratzlaff was very good in the circle. She only allowed two hits and was pitching ahead in the count for most of the game.”

The second game was a pitcher’s duel between Emily Knight and Kristen Knackstedt, with Knight and the Wildcats prevailing, 2-0.

Knight was nails, giving up just two hits and fanning six, while walking just one. Knackstedt was almost as good, giving up four hits and fanning four, while allowing just a lone free pass.

Moundridge cobbled together single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Inman’s Courtney Jenkins had the game’s only extra-base hit, a double, and she also had a single for the Teutons’ other hit.

“This was certainly a pitcher’s duel,” Wedel said. “Both Emily Knight for us and their pitcher (Knackstedt) were very effective. With a total of only six base hits in the game, there is a premium placed on being sound defensively.  This was one of our best defensive performances thus far.  We were able to scratch across a couple of runs late and that was the difference in the game.  I was very pleased with our overall effort and our ability to make all the plays necessary to preserve the shutout.”

No score was available for Inman and Little River.