MOUNDRIDGE–After a strong performance and the team’s first win of the season in game one, the Moundridge High baseball team let game two get away from them and they returned home Tuesday from a road trip to Remington with an 8-5 win and a 14-4 loss.
After Remington scored two in the top of the first in game one, the Wildcats bounced back to score on in the second and three in the third to take a short-lived 4-2 lead. Remington added two in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Moundridge kept the bats alive and pushed across two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-5 victory.
Seniors Noah Eichelberger, Chris Leddy and Josh Knight plus freshman Corbin Unruh each led the Wildcat offense with two hit each. Both of Leddy’s hits were doubles, while Knight smashed both a double and a triple in the game. Leddy also had credit for three runs batted in, while Eichelberger stole three of the teams four stolen bases.
On the mound, sophomore Collin Kohl had the start for the Wildcats and went three and a-third before freshman Wyatt Falco took the mound for another three and a third. Unruh came on to close out the game and get credit for a save by getting the final out while Remington had a couple of runners on base. Falco posted the win.
“We pitched a lot better in game one that we have all year in my opinion,” noted Wildcat Head Coach Lynn Eichelberger. “We limited the walks and made Remington put the ball in play. We still had five errors, but that only cost us a few runs. Collin (Kohl) was pitching well before I pulled him out due to pitch count restrictions. Wyatt (Falco) came in and pitched well to get us back in the dugout before he also came out due to pitching restrictions. The top of the line-up with Noah (Eichelberger), Collin (Kohl) and Chris (Leddy) hit the ball well by going five for ten in the game.”
Despite holding a 4-3 lead after three innings in game two, Moundridge gave up 11 runs in the final three innings and lost 14-4.
Seven times runners were left on base by the Wildcat offense, as Collin Kohl was the lone Moundridge hitter to get two hits. Defensively, Moundridge coughed up seven errors and five unearned runs in the contest.
Chris Leddy started game two on the mound for the Wildcats and went three innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out three. Josh Knight took the mound from Leddy and gave up the two runs that gave Remington the final lead, giving Knight the loss. Corbin Unruh, Bryant Olson, and Noah Eichelberger also took turns on the mound for the Wildcats.
Coach Eichelberger reflected on the second game by saying, “The nightcap kind of got away from us with seven errors and some mental mistakes. Chris (Leddy) pitched well before having to be pulled due to pitch count rules. We need to get better in all areas in order to get where we want to be at the end of the year. Looks like the weather the next few days is going to allow us to get some good practice time in.”
With the first win of the season now in the books, Moundridge is 1-5 for the year and will return to the diamond on Friday, April 13 when they play host to cross-county Inman.