Wildcats break through against Bennington

By Steve Sell
May 02, 2015

MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge baseball team ended an 11-game losing streak Friday by defeating Bennington 6-3 in Game 2 on Senior Night.

The Wildcats had won their first two games of the season before hitting the skids.

Kyle Stucky delivered an outstanding pitching performance to get the streak-snapping victory. He gave up only six hits over seven innings and three earned runs for a quality start.

Noah Eichelberger was immense at the plate by going 3 for 3 with two runs scored. Nick Leddy and Trenton Olson added two hits. 

The Wildcats were up 2-0 after an inning and 4-1 after four. They added two runs in the sixth for good measure.

“Bennington made us play the ball and we did a nice job of making some plays,” MHS coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “Our entire outfield were freshmen tonight with Noah Eichelberger, Luke Ratzlaff and Bryant Olson. All made plays on balls hit to them and I am proud of all three of them. Noah did a great job again as the leadoff batter, going 3 for 3 and was on base four out of four times. We finally got a few two-out hits to plate a couple of runs we needed to hold on for the win. The players were happy to finally break our 11-game losing streak on Senior Night. We only have one senior, Brandon Sparks, so it was nice for him.”

Bennington had won the first game 5-2, scoring two runs in the sixth inning to build on a 3-2 lead.

Caleb Frye pitched well in defeat, giving up only three earned runs. 

“Caleb Frye pitched a nice game once again for us,” Eichelberger said. “We did not give him enough run support to get the win for him. Our defense was better tonight. Bennington puts the ball in play and makes you play defense. We stranded too many runners and Bennington got a few timing hits to get the win.  Bennington was coming off a win against Little River, so they are a quality team.”

Moundridge had seven singles in the game, including two by Anthony Otte.