Softball Wildcats sweep rival Teutons

By Steve Sell
May 07, 2014

INMAN — It was nothing but zeroes for the Moundridge softball pitching staff on Tuesday.

The Wildcats bageled the Teutons to sweep a doubleheader, 4-0 and 6-0.

In the first game, Elizabeth Ratzlaff spinned a two-hit shutout to outduel Inman ace Kristen Knackstedt.

Ratzlaff walked four and fanned seven. Offensive support came from Michelle Schrag (2 for 3, two runs scored), Chelsey Knight (two hits), Emily Knight (two hits) and Ratzlaff helped her own cause with two RBIs. 

Courtney Jenkins and Lily Bledsoe had the only Inman hits. Moundridge scored two runs in the second inning which proved to be all it needed.

“This was a quality win for us as Inman is a solid team,” MHS coach Clark Wedel said. “Elizabeth Ratzlaff did a nice job of pitching and our defense was solid behind her.  We tallied nine hits for the game, which is a pretty good outing for us. Six different players were able to register a hit in the game.  It’s a real plus when we can hit up and down our lineup.”

In the second game, Emily Knight authored a five-hit shutout, did not walk any and fanned six.

“Once again we had an outstanding pitching performance from Emily Knight,” Wedel said. “Anytime we can record a shutout it means a great job by our pitcher and that our defense was solid. Our offense once again recorded nine hits for the game. It was a struggle to get the timely hit in this game, but we finally did get those hits later in the game to give us a little cushion.”

Chelsey Knight had a big game at the dish by going 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Schrag continued her white-hot hitting going 2 for 4 and Brynne Wedel, from the No. 9 spot, added two hits and scored two runs. 

Krystan Miller collected two hits for Inman. Jewell Croley took the loss. It was a still a close game until the seventh when Moundridge tacked on two runs.