MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School baseball team continues to look for their first win of the 2018 season as they dropped both sides of a doubleheader 16-5 and 11-3 on Thursday at home with Marion.
In game one, Moundridge went into the fourth inning holding a 5-3 advantage, only to see Marion pour across six runs in the fourth and another seven in the fifth to take the 16-5 victory.
Noah Eichelberger had a solid game for the Wildcats by going 2-for-3 and scoring two runs, while Collin Kohl also went 2-for-3 and hit a double, and Hunter Emerson pounded out a double for his only hit of the game. Chris Leddy took the loss as he went the first four innings while giving up eight hits, seven earned runs and two strikeouts. Eichelberger and Corbin Unruh closed out the final inning in relief.
“We had the lead going into the fourth inning and could not get the final out in the fourth or fifth innings,” said Moundridge head coach Lynn Eichelberger. “Marion is a good team and was second in the 3A State Tournament last year.”
Marion wasted little time in the second game as they pounced on the Wildcats for five runs in the first inning and lead 8-0 by halfway through the third on their way to a commanding 11-3 win in game two.
Despite the loss, the Wildcats pounded out 11 hits, but the pitching gave up 16 walks.
Collin Kohl had the start and took the loss giving up nine hits, seven earned runs and seven walks in three-and-a-third innings worked. Wyatt Falco and Josh Knight finished out the game.
At the plate, Leddy, Unruh and Luke Ratzlaff each had two hits, while Josh Knight and Bryant Olson knocked out doubles and Eichelberger stole three bases.
“Marion hit the ball very well in the second game,” Eichelberger said. “We gave up 16 walks and need to get better on not trying to make the perfect pitch and just throw strikes. For the evening, I thought freshman Corbin Unruh and senior Noah Eichelberger played well. Corbin has been coming on and he has earned more playing time, while Noah was on base five times and made some nice plays in the outfield. We improved in all areas from our first doubleheader last week.”
Now 0-4 for the season, Moundridge will be off until Tuesday when they travel to Remington for another doubleheader.