MP rallies after no-hitter to split with Fairfield
Fairfield’s Austin Gridley threw a no-hitter in game one to lead the Trojans to a 6-0 Southeast Conference victory over host Mt. Pleasant, but the Panthers’ Dustin Amos came back with an impressive pitching performance of his own in the nightcap and, with plenty of run support, the Panthers claimed a 11-1 victory to split the doubleheader against their conference rivals.
Gridley was just one walk and one fielding error away from seven perfect innings as he dominated last night’s opener at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex in Mt. Pleasant.
“Austin (Gridley) had a tremendous performance in the first game, throwing a no-hitter,” Fairfield Coach Joshua Allison said. “He went right after hitters, and the defense played well behind him.”
Gridley threw 47 strikes and 26 balls in the contest for a total of 73 pitches in the complete game effort. He struck out eight of the 23 batters he faced.
“He came out and threw a gem,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Brent Broeker said. “He was hitting all his spots.”
The only Mt. Pleasant baserunners in the contest were Jacob Dilks and Devyn Broeker. Dilks took a five-pitch walk in the second inning and Broeker reached on an error in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Fairfield hitters backed up Gridley with six runs in the fifth inning after going scoreless through the first four.
Seven walks in the fifth inning, plus singles by Spencer Peterman and Gridley, helped the Trojans to a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
“(Last) night was a good night for the baseball team,” Allison said. “We had a lot of good at-bats, with Josh Dimmitt leading the way and several others hitting the ball hard.”
Dimmitt had a double in each game for the Trojans.
However, Dimmitt’s hit was one of just three Fairfield hits in the nightcap as game two went the Panthers way.
The host team managed 13 hits — led by Tyler Pace and Justin Dilks with three each.
“In game two, we did a much better job of squaring up on the baseball,” Broeker said.
The ball had a way of eluding the Fairfield defenders in the contest, allowing Mt. Pleasant to take a big lead and end the game early.
“The second game score wasn’t indicative of the game performance,” Allison said. “Early on they had a few seeing-eye hits, and we had a hard time recovering from them.”
The Trojans also had a hard time handling pitcher Dustin Amos, who went all five innings and allowed just three hits and no walks. He struck out three batters, throwing 46 strikes and just 17 balls.
“For the second outing in a row, Amos did a great job — he was hitting his spots, getting ahead of hitters and getting us a lot of ground balls, fly balls,” Broeker said.
“I’m feeling more confident this year with everything,” said Amos, a junior. “I kept them guessing, changed speed — I threw a lot of off-speed stuff.”
His teammates helped him out, giving him a comfortable margin to work with.
“It definitely felt good to watch everyone swinging the bat and scoring some runs,” Amos said.
The Panthers are now 5-6 overall (3-1 SEC), as their split with Fairfield comes on the heels of the Mid-Prairie Tournament on Saturday, in which they also went 1-1.
They defeated IMS by a score of 7-4, but fell to Davenport North, 3-2.
Against Davenport North, the Panthers had three hits, including a double by Tony Cristoforo, who scored on an RBI single by Justin Dilks. Connor Shull had the team’s other hit, and Amos scored the team’s other run on a wild pitch.
Carson Remick and Jacob Dilks combined on the mound with Jacob Dilks taking the loss. Remick went five innings, giving up three hits and one earned run. He walked six batters and struck out two. Jacob Dilks gave up three walks and one hit for two earned runs.
Against IMS, the Panthers came up with 13 hits. Justin Dilks was 4-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jacob Dilks, Dustin Amos and Trey Magnani also had a double each; Jacob Dilks knocked in two runs.
Devyn Broeker went 6 1/3 innings on the mound for the Panthers, allowing five hits and giving up seven walks for four earned runs. He struck out three batters and got the win. Tyler Pace got the last two outs of the game; he faced three batters, allowed one hit and had one strikeout.
Next up for the Panthers is a trip to Albia for a JV/varsity doubleheader on Wednesday.
GAME ONE, MP vs. Fairfield
Fairfield 000 060 0 — 6 5 1
Mt. Pleasant 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
WP — Austin Gridley (1-0)
LP — Connor Shull (1-2)
Fairfield — Darrin Dimmitt: 0-3, BB, run. Joseph Hietpas: 0-3, BB, RBI, run. Josh Dimmitt: 1-2, 2B, RBI. Gridley: 1-4, 2 RBI, run. Mason Ellis: 0-3, BB, run. Kooper Dahlstrom: 1-4. Tyler Cooksey: 0-2, 2 BB, RBI. Justin Leonard: 1-2, 2 BB, run. Spencer Peterman: 1-3, run. Steals — Darrin Dimmitt, Dahlstrom.
Fairfield 000 01 — 3 1 1
Mt. Pleasant 114 5x — 11 13 3
WP — Dustin Amos (2-1)
LP — Ryan Gaumer (2-1)
Mt. Pleasant — Carson Remick: 0-3, BB. Tony Cristoforo: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 runs. Colton Schinstock: 1-2, 2 runs. Justin Dilks: 3-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Jacob Dilks: 1-2, RBI, 2 runs. Tyler Pace: 3-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Shull: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, run. Austin Smith: 2-2, RBI. Trey Magnani: 1-3, RBI. Steals — Pace.
Fairfield — Josh Dimmitt: 1-2, 2B. Ellis: 1-2. Cooksey: 1-2, run.