"We got a chance to go to state; that's all you can ask for."
MOUNDRIDGE — Down 5-1 with just six outs left at the plate, the Moundridge Wildcats thrilled the home crowd Monday by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, then scored the walk-off run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to beat arch rival Inman 6-5. The win moves the Cats into the regional final Wednesday against Leon-Bluestem, 15-0 winners over Canton-Galva in the other semifinal game.
Peyton Fast led Moundridge at the plate, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Chris Leddy and Hunter Emerson were the only other Wildcats to pick up a hit in the game, with Leddy scoring the game winning run on Fast's clutch two out, bottom of the seventh single into right center field. Emerson's hit scored the game tying run the previous inning.
"This team all year long has been doing that," said Moundridge coach Lynn Eichelberger. "They pick each other up when they're down and they celebrate the good things and don't dwell on the bad things. They got it done."
Dylan Sugars, the Cats ace all year long, started on the mound and went five innings, throwing 102 pitches, giving up just four runs on five hits and striking out 12. Coming off a no-hitter in his last outing, Caleb Frye relieved Sugars in the sixth and finished the game, picking up the win with no hits allowed, giving up one run and striking out two.
Kolton Lare led the Teutons attack at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a run and two RBIs. Walker Strange and Ethan Dewitt combined to give up just four hits and six runs while striking out six and walking six.
The regional finals between the Wildcats and the Lions is set for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Moundridge. The winner moves on to the state tournament next week in Great Bend.
"We've got our work cut out for us," said Eichelberger. "All these kids are high schoolers so you never know what is going to happen. We got a chance to go to state; that's all you can ask for."
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