MOUNDRIDGE—It was a day of glory and a day of pain as the Moundridge baseball team won game one, 3-0 over Medicine Lodge, of their Class 2-1A Regional at home in Moundridge before taking a 5-3 loss in the Regional Championship game against number one seed Spearville on Tuesday.

Until the Wildcats put a run across in the top of the fourth on a suicide squeeze attempt that went as a wild pitch, breaking a scoreless tie as neither team had much to show for offense at that point. Then the Wildcats pushed two more across in the sixth to seal the 3-0 first game victory over Medicine Lodge.

Moundridge received a great game on the mound from senior Chris Leddy as he pitched the full game while giving up just two hits, walking four and striking out seven on his way to the shutout victory.

All six Wildcat hits came from different players, though senior Bryant Olson and freshman Jon Schlosser each had doubles with their hits. The Wildcats also got a couple of stolen bases from seniors Noah Eichelberger and Luke Ratzlaff.

“Chris (Leddy) pitched a great game with his two-hit shutout against a team that was 14-6 coming in to the regionals,” noted Wildcat Head Coach Lynn Eichelberger. “He pitched out of a jam in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs when he got a strikeout, a pop-up to our catcher and a ground ball back to the mound. We added some insurance runs in the sixth on a lead-off double by Bryant (Olson).”

In the regional championship game, Spearville managed to get four runs across in the second inning and pretty much never looked back. After they added a single run in the fourth, Moundridge managed to push three runs in the fifth thanks to a two-run double by Collin Kohl, but it was not enough as Spearville hung on to get the 5-3 win.

The Wildcat offense could only get three hits off the Spearville pitching, though when they did get on base they managed to steal five bases but left six runners stranded during the game.

Sophomore Collin Kohl started for the Wildcats and went the whole game, giving up just seven hits while striking out four. Four defensive errors by Moundridge did not help the case for a possible win.

“The second inning cost us the game,” added Coach Eichelberger. “There were a couple of bloop hits that I thought we could have got out on, followed by an error on a ball that took a bad bounce. Spearville plated four runs in the that inning, we fought back with three runs in the fifth and had runners in scoring position in the seventh but could not get them home to tie the game. Collin (Kohl) pitched a nice game on the hill for us, but we came up short though they never quit and battled until the end.”

While the Wildcats close out the 2018 season with a 9-14 record, Coach Eichelberger concluded his coach’s reflections by saying, “We were playing our best baseball the last two days and as a coach that is all you can ask of your team. We gave ourselves a chance to win at the end. I will miss our nine seniors, especially my son, Noah. He was always patrolling centerfield and he was fun to coach and watch.”

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