It was a tale of two games in Galva Tuesday as cross-county rivals Canton-Galva High School and Moundridge High School split a softball doubleheader, with the Eagles winning game one 9-6 and the Wildcats bouncing back to win game two 13-3.
Canton-Galva pounded out 10 hits to earn their victory in the front half of the twin bill while Moundridge responded with 13 hits in winning the back half.
Taylor Everette led the way in game one for the Eagles, pitching a complete game and giving up just four hits while striking out three. Autumn Colgin, Taryn Norstrom and Carissa Klatt each pick up two hits apiece as the Eagles seemed to have caught the Wildcats off guard.
"We just weren't mentally ready to go in the first game," said Moundridge Head Coach Aaron Annis. "Nothing went in our favor. Canton-Galva came ready to play. As the game went on we started to make plays but by then it was too late.”
Ellen Durst and Zaelynn Foth were the only two Moundridge batters with hits in the opener, each with two. Foth was also credited with two RBI. Jadah Moore was tagged with the loss for the Wildcats pitching six innings, giving up 10 hits and striking out one batter.
Moundridge took the early lead scoring two runs to open the game in their half of the first. Canton-Galva scored their first run in the second inning, added four runs in the third and never trailed the rest of the way. Both teams struggled in the field as the Wildcats committing 10 errors and the Eagles managing five of their own.
Game two was all Moundridge as the Wildcats pounded out 12 hits, scoring 13 runs and winning by the run rule in six innings. Foth led the Moundridge offensive attacking, going 3 for 4 with two RBI and 3 runs scored. Keira Sebrant added 3 hits, four RBI and a run while Taylon Potts was a perfect 2 for 2 with two RBI and a run scored.
Zizi Sebrant picked up the win on the mound throwing four strong innings, giving up five hits and three runs while striking out four. Foth came in relief and pitched two innings, gave up one hit and no run.
"We did a much better job at being ready to play in the second game," Annis said. "We were patient at the plate and hit our pitch. We were more focused as a team, which we will need to transfer over four our game Friday.”
Colgin was the only Eagle to have multiple hits in game two as she went 2 for 2 at the plate, scoring a run and picking up one RBI.
Everette pitched all six innings for the Eagles picking up the loss. She gave up 13 runs on 12 hits, walked seven batters and striking out one. The split evens the Eagles record at 4-4 while the Wildcats improve to 6-4.