GALVA — The Moundridge girls softball team is headed to state.
For the first time in nine years, the Wildcats will be in the field of eight for the Class 2-1A Tournament at Pratt.
MHS’ Chelsey Knight scored on an error in the eighth inning to break a 5-all tie as the Wildcats edged No. 1-seed Ellinwood, 6-5.
The Wildcats take a 13-9 record to Pratt.
“This game seemed to go back and forth several times,” said Moundridge coach Clark Wedel, who is stepping down after this season so his team wants to send him out right. “It was nice for this bunch to finally break through and win a big game at the end. Our players rose to the challenge of managing their nerves and making some big plays down the stretch. Emily Knight was big for us in the circle. She made it through some difficult circumstances several times. Offensively, both Chelsey Knight and Michelle Schrag came up big with three hits each. I was just proud of the way our team just hung in there and kept fighting. This was a big step for us.”
Ellinwood led 4-3 as late as the fourth inning, but Moundridge went ahead 5-4 in the sixth. The Wildcats had a chance to seal the deal in the seventh, but the Eagles pushed across a run to force extra softball.
The Wildcats had 10 hits in the game. In addition to her three hits, Chelsey Knight scored three runs. Schrag had two RBIs to go along with her three hits. Emily Knight pitched all eight innings and walked just two, while fanning five.
The state bracket has not yet been announced.