Pitching propels Little River past Moundridge twice

By Steve Sell
April 15, 2015

MOUNDRIDGE — Little River, the No. 2-ranked baseball team in Class 2-1A, shackled Moundridge twice with some efficient pitching on Tuesday.

The first game was a pitchers battle as Little River’s Cordell Moore outdueled Moundridge’s Caleb Frye in a 3-1 Redskins success.

Moore twirled a two-hitter and fanned nine in his seven innings, while Frye permitted just two earned runs and struck out four.

Kyler Cox drove in all three runs for the winners, two on sac flies. Grant Harvey was 3 for 4. Frye and Trenton Olson had the only Moundridge hits.

The second game was somewhat deceiving as the Redskins won 10-0, with six of the runs coming in the top of the seventh.

Harvey dazzled the Wildcats with a two-hitter, striking out 11. Olson took the loss, even though he allowed only three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Cox and JJ Porter had two hits apiece for Little River and Jeb Sauer drove in two runs. Nick Leddy and Kyle Stucky had the only Moundridge hits.

Little River is now 6-2 and Moundridge is 2-4.

Wildcat coach Lynn Eichelberger said the first game pleased him.

“I thought we played solid baseball in Game 1,” he said. “Caleb Frye pitched well, giving up only two earned runs. Little River scored on two sacrifice fly balls and a fielder's choice. I told my players they are ranked second in Class 2A for a reason and not to hang their heads.  We played them nose-to-nose for seven innings.”

Eichelberger tipped his cap to Harvey in Game 2.

“My younger players were overpowered by Harvey's speed on the mound at the plate,” he said.