MP softball claims first SEC win
With some big hits early — and good defense backing up a solid pitching performance — the Mt. Pleasant softball team shut out Ft. Madison in the first game of a Southeast Conference doubleheader on Tuesday night.
The Panthers put forth a strong effort in the nightcap as well, but the Bloodhounds managed a four-run seventh to take game two, 6-3.
In the opener, the Panthers started the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning, and they added three more in the third frame for what would be the final score.
Sarah Moffett led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, including one that she crushed to deep centerfield.
Leslie Taylor was 3-for-4 and also had a double in the game. Morgan Fraise and Hattie Liechty each added a pair of hits as well.
Stukerjurgen was on the mound, starting her third game in two days. A few too many mishaps and a lack of Panther hitting stuck the sophomore with both losses in the Panthers’ twinbill against Fairfield on Monday night, but she came back strong in Tuesday’s conference contest.
“I was moving the ball around a lot and working a lot of different pitches,” Stukerjurgen said. “I tried a new pitch, too, and that worked pretty well.”
In seven innings, Stukerjurgen allowed eight hits but did not allow a single run. She struck out two batters and walked none.
“It feels really good — I needed that,” Stukerjurgen said. “Our defense was really good and we had the bats going; that helped a lot. You’ve got to score to win.”
In game two, the Panthers got on the board early with a run in the first frame. Ft. Madison answered with a run in the second, and took the lead when they scored again in the fifth.
Mt. Pleasant responded with a run in the sixth to tie the game at two, but Ft. Madison fought hard to avoid the sweep, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh.
The Panthers managed a run in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t quite close the gap.
Goble went 3-for-4 in game two with a double and an RBI. Fraise was 2-for-4 and knocked in a run. Other hits came from Liechty, Kelsey Smith and Moffett.
Goble was on the mound. She went the distance and gave up eight hits for six runs (three earned). She walked three batters and struck out five in the loss.
The Panthers are now 6-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
They are at Wapello tonight before returning home for their final SEC doubleheader of the week, which will be against Keokuk. They have the weekend off, and then they see Ft. Madison again, this time on the road, on Monday.
Ft. Madison 000 000 0 — 0 8 1
Mt. Pleasant 023 000 0 — 5 12 1
WP — Jena Stukerjurgen (2-7)
LP — Lexi Schmidt (2-5)
Mt. Pleasant — Hattie Liechty: 3-4, RBI. Leslie Taylor: 3-4, 2B, run. Morgan Fraise: 2-4. Sarah Moffett: 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, 2 runs. Ali Dorn: 1-3, RBI. Bailey Johnson: 1-3. Brianna Shelman: 0-0, 2 runs. Steals — Shelman (2), Taylor and Dorn.
Ft. Madison 010 010 4 — 6 8 0
Mt. Pleasant 100 001 1 — 3 8 2
WP — Jaycee Pumphrey (1-6)
LP — Sammi Goble (3-2)
Mt. Pleasant — Liechty: 1-4, run. Allison Buckert: 0-0, BB. Kelsey Smith: 1-3, BB, run. Taylor: 0-3, BB. Goble: 3-4, 2B, RBI. Fraise: 2-4, RBI. Moffett: 1-3. Dorn: 0-2, BB. Shelman: 0-0, run. Steals — Shelman.