GALVA — Moundridge’s softball team is one win away from making the Class 2-1A State Tournament.
But the Wildcats have a tall mountain to climb if they want to make the trip to Pratt.
Moundridge defeated arch-rival Inman 13-3 on Monday in the first round of the regional at Lynn Baldwin Memorial Park to earn a spot in today’s 5:00 championship game.
Awaiting the Wildcats is Ellinwood, which breezed past Canton-Galva 16-1 after the Eagles had dismantled Little River 20-0 in the play-in game.
Ellinwood is now 18-2, while the Wildcats are 12-9. Moundridge coach Clark Wedel has his team in the position it wanted and its tough regular-season schedule should help it against a team with a better record that may have come against lesser competition.
“It always seems to be a difficult game when we play Inman,” he said. “I think the addition of it being a regional game meant we had some nerves show up and it took us a bit to settle in. The top of our offensive lineup really showed up for us and provided an offensive spark. Our pitching and defense was solid and kept them from having many scoring opportunities. This game gets us to a game we have been looking forward to — a regional championship. I expect our girls to step up and compete well.”
It was the monster inning that sparked the Wildcats. They struck for five runs in the second and later unfurled a six-spot in the fourth.
Moundridge’s eight hits came from four players — two apiece for Chelsey Knight (along with three RBIs), Elizabeth Ratzlaff (who scored three runs and knocked in two), Michelle Schrag (who had two runs scored) and Jadah Moore. Brynne Wedel and Bethany Stucky scored two runs apiece.
Emily Knight was the winner, needing only five innings to fan six.
Jewel Croley took the loss for Inman. Four different Teutons had one hit each — Croley, Krystan Miller, Taytum Lankford and Kaci Miller.
Inman finished the year 8-13.