MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School baseball team opened their 2018 season on Thursday by hosting and losing a doubleheader to Ell-Saline 10-5 and 8-4.

In game one, Ell-Saline scored eight of their 10 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, while the Wildcats poured across all five of their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Noah Eichelberger led the Moundridge offense by going 2-for-4, while Josh Knight and Bryant Olson each hit a double. Chris Leddy took the loss despite nine strikeouts. Wyatt Falco and Remington Creed also appeared on the mound. The Wildcat downfall was giving up 15 walks from the pitchers, while striking out a dozen times to just eight hits.

“We gave up one hit and lost,” said Wildcat head coach Noah Eichelberger. “That does not happen very often, but we issued too many walks and had untimely errors that lead to runs that could have been kept off the board. I was proud of the fact we never quit and put up five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. We have some players in new spots and there will be some growing pains.”

The Wildcats scored one run in each of the odd numbered innings, while Ell-Saline put up two runs in the first and four in the third on their way to the 8-4 victory.

Bryant Olson led the Moundridge offense by going 2-for-4 with his second double of the season, while Josh Knight had his second double in two games as well. Eichelberger, Hunter Emerson and Corbin Unruh each had a stolen base. Knight took the loss, while Collin Kohn pitched in relief.

“We played better on defense and hit the ball hard at times while improving overall from the first game,” Eichelberger said. “We still had too many lead-off walks that ended up scoring.”

Next up for the Wildcat baseball team will be on April 3, when they host a doubleheader with Marion.