By William

EMPORIA – After overcoming five defensive errors in game one to beat Sedgwick 15-9, the Moundridge softball team made eight errors in game two with Marion and lost 14-4, ending their 2021 season in their Class 2-1A Regional finals on Wednesday.

With the win and loss the Lady Wildcats finished their 2021 season with an overall record of 15-7, Marion will take a 21-2 mark into the state tournament.

In GAME ONE, the Lady Wildcats spotted Sedgwick a run in the first inning before scoring two in the second and one in the third to take an early 3-1 lead. Sedgwick scored twice in the fourth to tie the game before Moundridge put two on the board in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a 7-3 advantage.

Sedgwick poured five runs onto the scorebook in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-7 lead only to have the Lady Wildcats hammer the ball for eight runs in the seventh to gain the final 15-9 victory.

Emily Durst started the game on the mound for the Lady Wildcats and threw 79 pitches in five innings, gave up seven hits, four earned runs, walked two and struck out four before Makenzie Elmore closed out the final two innings, throwing 54 pitches, getting nicked for three hits and four earned runs while walking four and striking out three.

At the plate, the Lady Wildcats were led by Emily Durst with a pair of hits, one run batted in and two runs scored. Erin Durst had just one hit but knocked across two runs, walked twice, scored three times, and stole two bases.

Marion hammered Moundridge for nine runs in the first inning of GAME TWO and held a commanding 9-3 advantage after the first two innings. Moundridge did get one more run on the board in the top of the fifth before Marion put five more across in the bottom of the inning to gain the final 14-4 win and a place at the Class 2-1A State Tournament.

While Marion smacked out 12 hits against the Lady Wildcat pitchers, they were also helped by eight defensive errors as well.

Makenzie Elmore started the game for the Lady Wildcats but got knocked out before the end of the first inning as Emily Durst came in to finish the game.

As for the offense, Moundridge only managed to get six hits in the game with two of those coming from Erin Durst while Emma Blough did get a double with her one hit.



Scoring                      1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R         H            E

LADY WILDCATS     0          2          1          0          2          2          8          15       7            5

Sedgwick                  1          0          0          2          0          5          1          9          10            3

MOUNDRIDGE LADY WILDCATS PITCHING (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB) = Emily Durst 5.0-79-7-5-4-4-2; Makenzie Elmore 2.0-54-3-4-4-3-4. Team Totals = 7.0-133-10-9-8-7-6.

MOUNDRIDGE LADY WILDCATS HITTING (AB-R-H-RBI-BB) = Emily Durst 6-2-2-1-0; Addi Falco 5-2-1-0-0; Erin Durst 4-3-1-2-2; Makenzie Elmore 2-1-0-0-2; Reese Schmidt 2-0-0-0-1; Alea Durst 1-2-0-1-0; Kate Eichelberger 4-2-1-1-1; Emma Blough 3-1-1-2-0; Kindall Elmore 3-1-0-1-0; Aubree Durst 4-1-1-1-0. Team Totals = 34-15-7-9-6.

SB (8) = Erin Durst, Alea Durst – 2; Emily Durst, Aubree Durst, Makenzie Elmore, Addi Falco – 1.

Sedgwick Pitching (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB) = 7.0-183-7-15-11-13-6.

Sedgwick Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI-BB) = 31-9-10-7-6. 2B = 3; 3B = 1; SB = 4.


Scoring                      1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R         H            E

LADY WILDCATS     1          2          0          0          1          X          X          4          6            8

Marion                      9          0          0          0          5          X          X          14       12            3

MOUNDRIDGE LADY WILDCATS PITCHING (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB) = Makenzie Elmore 0.1-34-5-8-8-1-2; Emily Durst 3.2-82-7-6-5-0-2. Team Totals = 4.0-116-12-14-13-1-4.

MOUNDRIDGE LADY WILDCATS HITTING (AB-R-H-RBI-BB) = Emily Durst 3-0-0-0-0; Addi Falco 3-0-0-0-0; Erin Durst 2-2-2-0-1; Makenzie Elmore 2-0-1-1-1; Reese Schmidt 3-0-1-1-0; Alea Durst 0-0-0-0-0; Emma Blough 2-0-1-0-1; Kate Eichelberger 2-1-0-0-1; Kindall Elmore 3-1-1-0-0; Aubree Durst 2-0-0-0-0. Team Totals = 22-4-6-2-4.

2B (1) = Emma Blough – 1; SB (2) = Erin Durst, Kindall Elmore – 1.

Marion Pitching (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB) = 5.0-86-6-4-2-5-4.

Marion Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI-BB) = 30-14-12-12-4. 2B = 1; 3B = 1; SB = 1.