MOUNDRIDGE— Three McPherson County schools all competed at Moundridge High School for the Class 2-1A regionals on Monday. Moundridge baseball outlasted Minneola High School 8-3, and Inman High School and Canton-Galva High School went head-to-head the next game in the opening rounds.
Moundridge 8 Minneola 3 Luke of Hazards
After going scoreless in the first two innings, Moundridge gave themselves a comfortable 3-0 lead after Noah Eichelberger stole three bases to give the Wildcats their first run of the day. It was followed by two singles by Corbin Unruh and Chris Leddy that would send runners home.
The Eagles had gone scoreless all the way to the six innings when they tied the ball game late in the six. It was then the Wildcats caught a break when Luke Ratzlaff hits a homer on a fly ball that that would give Moundridge a 5-3 lead. After scoring another run from a sacrifice fly by Collin Kohl, Leddy singles on a line drive sending two runners home and getting the victory over Minneola. Leddy led the team with three RBIs.
"First round is always the toughest. I knew they had two wins, but I think they played well for a team that had two wins," Moundridge head coach Lynn Eichelberger said after the game. "They pitched the ball well. There was one inning that they made a couple mistakes, but that six inning looked restless. Home run was the key end, and that Colin Kohl run at third was huge."
"I was proud of the kids for not giving up an hanging in there. When you're the favorite, sometimes it's hard to keep going," Lynn Eichelberger continued.
The Wildcats will move on to face No.2 seed Medicine Lodge High School Tuesday, May 15 in the semifinals at 3:30 p.m.
Inman 17 Canton-Galva 4 Teutons steal the show
The Teutons stoled 12 bases in their win against the Eagles. The game lasted in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.
"We talked about getting aggressive inside the bases, and we gotten better and smarter with our bases. We got a lot of volume on our team," Inman head coach Matt Mikulecky said. "We're getting better of taking advantage of the mistakes that our made by the other team. So when we see something we could take advantage of, we're going for it."
Canton Galva started to come to life as they cut the lead in half in the fourth inning after scoring off unearned runs. They added three more runs in the fifth due to Inman's errors to stay in this game.
"I give Canton-Galva a lot of credit," Mikulecky said. "We would get a good lead, and they would scratch back and get a couple runs, but I'm real proud of our guys because we would answer those big innings with bigger innings, and it just kind went that way all night and we're able to get the 10-run rule."
Derick Johnson nails an RBI double, sending two runners home, giving the Teutons a 13-4 lead. John Ramey gets an RBI triple to give two more runs for Inman. He would then stole home base after an error by the Eagles.
Landon Snyder started at pitcher, lasting two and a third innings, allowing one run on three hits.
"We came out and got our offense going," Mikulecky said. "Landon Snyder did an excellent job throwing strikes. I mean he went three innings in less than 30 pitching, which we wanted. I give Canton-Galva a lot of credit. We would get a good lead, and they would scratch back and get a couple runs, but I'm real proud of our guys because we would answer those big innings with bigger innings, and it just kind went that way all night and we're able to get the 10-run rule."
The Teutons moves on to face the No.1 seed against Spearville High School at 2 p.m on May 15. Despite being the underdog, Mikulecky is confident that his young team will get it done.
"We know that they are good. They are No.1 for a reason, but this group here played a schedule that I put up against any 2A school as far as strength of schedule," Mikulecky said. "We seen some good opponents and we've grown every game since the beginning of this point and while we're a really young team, I feel like we're peaking at he right time. We got play our best game. We got to throw strikes and continue with our defense."
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