MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge Wildcats may have indirectly had a hand in state-ranked and No. 1 regional seed Little River not advancing to the Class 2-1A state baseball tournament.
While the Wildcats didn’t knock off the Redskins, they did take them to nine stressful innings. Little River finally scored a run to emerge with a 4-3 win to end the Wildcats’ season. The Redskins then went on to lose to Inman 6-2 in the championship game after being favored to advance.
The semifinal game had been halted at 2-2 on Tuesday in the fifth inning because of rain. Little River returned to add a run in that inning for a 3-2 lead, but the Wildcats scratched across a run in the seventh to send it into extras.
Despite the loss, the youthful Wildcats were brave in defeat. They stayed close despite just two hits off Little River ace Cordell Moore, singles by Kyle Stucky and Trenton Olson. Stucky, Caleb Frye and Trenton Olson all pitched for the Wildcats.
Moore struck out 12 for Little River. Jeb Sauer had two hits and two RBIs for the Redskins, while Grant Havey also had two hits.
Moundridge was 6-16 on the season and played a number of youngsters. Little River finished the year 16-6 after taking second in the state last year.