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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Moundridge softball downs Little River 16-1, Inman 2-1

  • The Moundridge pitching staff was nearly untouchable Friday, as the Wildcats picked up a pair of wins in a triangular against Little River and Inman on their home field.
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  • The Moundridge pitching staff was nearly untouchable Friday, as the Wildcats picked up a pair of wins in a triangular against Little River and Inman on their home field.
    Against the Redskins, Elizabeth Ratzlaff gave up only two hits and one earned run, as Moundridge ran wild on their way to a 16-1 win.
    Ratzlaff, who walked only two and struck out five, also scored four runs for the offense, who totaled nine RBIs for the game.
    Brooke Holloway led the Wildcats with a 2-for-3 performance, with three RBIs. Michelle Schrag and Chelsey Knight both had two-hit days, while Baylie Blouin added a trio of RBIs.
    “This was a solid game for us,” MHS coach Clark Wedel said. “We had 10 hits in four innings which is pretty good production. I really liked our aggressiveness running the basis and we were able to get some timely bunts.”
    Against Inman, both Emily Knight and Inman pitcher Kristen Knackstedt had great performances on the mound, with Knight getting the 2-1 win.
    She went seven innings, getting two hits and striking out six, while walking one.
    Knackstedt, meanwhile, had four hits counted against her in six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, and striking out four. She walked one Moundridge batter.
    The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fifth inning before Moundridge (8-4) got a run across the plate, as Knight scored on a wild pitch from Knackstedt. They added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth off a Holloway single to center field.
    “This was one of our best defensive performances thus far,” Wedel said. “We were able to scratch across a couple of runs late and that was the difference in the game. I was very pleased with our overall effort and our ability to make all the plays necessary to preserve the shutout.”
    Inman’s Courtney Jenkins had the only multiple hit day, as she went 2-for-3 with a double.
    Four different Wildcats picked up a hit.
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