Fairfield takes pair, drops Panthers' record to 14-13
‘Tis not the best time for Brent Broeker and his Mt. Pleasant Community High School Baseball Team.
The baseball gods have been frowning on the Panthers as of late.
MP, entering the final breaths of the 2014 diamond campaign, suffered its fourth and fifth consecutive losses in a doubleheader with fifth-ranked Fairfield Monday night at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
Five Fairfield pitchers combined to allow just nine hits in the doubleheader as the Trojans prevailed, 6-3 and 10-3.
After watching the visitors tally twice in the opening inning of the first game, Mt. Pleasant came back to knot the contest in the bottom half, partially aided by a pair of Fairfield errors.
Fairfield, however, scored three more times in the third to take a 5-2 lead and the closest the hosts came the rest of the game was 5-3 on a third-inning run.
Jordan Meyer drew the start for the locals in the opener and gave up four earned runs and eight hits before being relieved by Brady Anderson and Marcus Moothart. Both Anderson and Moothart threw an inning each. Meyer also struck out six hitters but was touched by a home run by Austin Gridley. Gridley was a thorn in the Mt. Pleasant side in the opener, going 3-3 with a pair of runs scored and RBIs.
Micah Harris contributed a pair of base knocks.
Justin Chalupa led the Mt. Pleasant offense with two singles. The Panthers had no extra base hits with the remaining singles coming from the bats of Austin Smith, Colton Schinstock and Pat Canby.
Schinstock’s solo homer in the second was the offensive highlight for Mt. Pleasant in the final game. His blast pulled the hosts within 3-1.
Two innings later, Broeker’s charges made it 4-3, only to be undone by a six-run explosion by Fairfield in the top of the fifth.
In addition to Schinstock, Dustin Amos, Carson Remick and Canby had safeties for the hosts.
Dustin Amos started on the mound for Mt. Pleasant, giving up five earned runs and seven hits while walking four in four innings. He was followed to the hill by Beau Parkevich, Justin Dilks and Remick. Dilks and Remick had good stat lines, combining to pitch one-hit ball over the final two innings while recording four punchouts.
Austin Gridley was the winning pitcher and also tripled and singled at the plate. Alex Crile chipped in with a pair of hits.
Mt. Pleasant is now 14-13 on the season.