PRATT — The Moundridge softball team is one victory away from playing for the Class 2-1A state championship.
The Wildcats, who entered Thursday’s first round as the No. 7 seed, dominated No. 2 seed Medicine Lodge 8-4, handing the Chiefs only their third loss of the year.
Emily Knight had a terrific game for Moundridge. She was the winning pitcher and helped her own cause with three of the Wildcats’ eight hits. Two of her hits were doubles and she drove in two runs.
Moundridge started fast with a pair of two-run innings and then scored three in the fourth to break it open.
The Wildcats, now 14-9, are matched against Heart of America League rival Ell-Saline in this morning’s 10:00 semifinals as the schedule has been moved up because of possible rain later in the day. The Cardinals swept an earlier doubleheader between the teams, but Moundridge is playing its best softball of the season.
Chase County, the undefeated No. 1 seed and defending champion, won its game handily 9-0 over Pittsburg Colgan. It will play McLouth, a 6-1 winner over Yates Center, in this morning’s other semi.
The third-place and championship games will be played 30 minutes after the completion of the semifinals as the tournament attempts to beat the rain.