Moundridge Wildcats beat out Canton-Galva Eagles in doubleheader Tuesday evening in Galva.
GALVA — The Moundridge High School varsity baseball team went on the road Tuesday in a match up with cross county rival Canton-Galva with the visitors coming away with the doubleheader sweep, winning game one 5-4 and game two 12-2. The Wildcats hammered out 17 hits on the night while giving up only seven as both teams found themselves hampered by the new pitch count rule.
Dylan Sugars was on the hill for the Wildcats in game one, pitching 5 1/3 innings before reaching the magical '105 pitches in a game' limit. Sugars left the game with nine strikeouts and seven walks, giving up just three hits and three runs.
His counterpart for the Eagles, Reid Weins lasted 6 2/3 innings before being automatically removed at 109, as he was able to finish the batter he was pitching too when the 105th pitch was thrown. Weins had three strikeouts and three walks while surrendering six hits and four runs. Josh Knight closed out the game for Moundridge, picking up the win while Nick Pearson came in relief for Canton-Galva and was tagged with the loss.
The Eagles took the lead first scoring two runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Wildcats answered right back with three runs in the top of the fourth and never trailed the rest of the way. Canton-Galva tied the game up at four a piece in their half of the sixth but, once again, Moundridge answered right back scratching out a run in the top of the seventh and holding on for the slim victory.
The Wildcats had six players with one hit each including Peyton Fast going 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Four Eagles each managed one hit led by Hunter Pierson's 1 for 3, two RBI effort.
Game two was a magnification of how the new 105 pitch count per game rule has had a negative impact on smaller Kansas schools with seven pitchers being called into duty between the Eagles and the Wildcats. Chris Leddy, Caleb Frye and Knight saw action for Moundridge, with Frye picking up the win pitching three innings of relief, striking out six, walking four and giving up just one hit.
Canton-Galva was forced into sending four pitchers to the hill including started Jordan Gagnebin, Logan Miller, Marshall Reedy and Devyn Elkins. Gagnebin picked up the loss going only three innings, giving up seven hits, four runs, a walk and striking out two.
Noah Eichelberger led the Moundridge onslaught with two hits and two runs scored. Frye added three hits and two RBI. Six other Wildcats picked up hits and Leddy crossed the plate three times. Pearson was the lone bright light for Canton-Galva at the plate, going 2 for 4.
Wildcats Head Coach Lynn Eichelberger was very pleased with the Wildcats’ fast start in game two.
"Noah walking, stealing second and third on two pitches and Dylan Sugars scoring him on a ground out to shortstop, those plays started our aggressiveness on the base paths and we continued that throughout the game, stealing twenty bases,” Eichelberger said.
Eichelberger went on to say that he felt the momentum from that first game win carried over into the second, giving his team the clean sweep.
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