Wildcats' Higgins fans 19 in 4-3 regional loss

By Steve Sell
May 20, 2014

GALVA — The pitching performance of Garrett Higgins’ life wasn’t enough to advance the Moundridge baseball team into today’s semifinals of the Canton-Galva Class 2-1A Regional Tournament.

Higgins pitched his heart out on Monday, but despite his efforts the Wildcats were edged 4-3 by Chase County in the opening round.

Of the 21 outs Higgins secured, 19 came by strikeouts. He allowed only five hits and just one of the four runs were earned.

Moundridge took a 3-0 lead into the fourth when Chase County scored a run, then it scratched across a pair of runs in the fifth before coming up with the game-winner in the sixth.

The Wildcats were held to just two hits, singles by Dylan Sugars and Devin Clark.

Moundridge coach Lynn Eichelberger tipped his cap to his pitcher.

“Garrett Higgins pitched a heck of a game for us this afternoon,” he said. “Nineteen strikeouts in a seven-inning game should be enough to win, but unfortunately we could not score enough runs for him. He was locating his fastball well and only missed a few times with his off-speed. Offensively, you will not win a lot of games with only two hits.”

The Wildcats finished the season 7-14.