MP softball rallies to take second game against Ft. Madison
FT. MADISON — The Mt. Pleasant softball team split a pair of one-run games against Ft. Madison on Monday night, falling 4-3 in the opener, but claiming a 7-6 win in the nightcap.
All the scoring was done in the sixth inning of game one, as Mt. Pleasant put up three runs to take a lead in the top of the frame, but Ft. Madison came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Cali Liechty took the loss on the mound, going one inning in relief of starter Jena Stukerjurgen. Liechty gave up three hits for four runs (one earned). She struck out one and walked none.
Stukerjurgen pitched five scoreless innings for the Panthers, giving up just three hits and fanning five.
The Panthers were led by Morgan Fraise at the plate; she went 2-for-3. Sammi Goble and Leslie Taylor also had a pair of hits each.
In game two, both teams again started slow, as the first three innings were scoreless.
Ft. Madison started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth with three runs on just one hit, but the Panthers came back to even the score with three runs in the fifth.
The Bloodhounds scored two of their own in the fifth, but the back-and-forth continued when Mt. Pleasant plated four in a big sixth inning.
The hosts tried to come back one more time but fell just short with one run in the seventh inning.
Goble got the win for Mt. Pleasant on the mound, giving up 11 hits and two walks for six runs (two earned). She struck out two.
Goble helped herself out at the plate with two hits, including a double, and three runs knocked in. Leslie Taylor had two RBIs.
Mt. Pleasant is now 8-14 overall, and 2-8 in the Southeast Conference. Ft. Madison is 5-13 overall and 4-6 in the SEC.
The Panthers play a varsity doubleheader at Burlington on Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant 000 003 0 — 4 6 2
Ft. Madison 000 004 0 — 3 6 1
WP — Jaycee Pumphrey
LP — Cali Liechty (0-1)
Mt. Pleasant — Hattie Liechty: 1-4. Allison Buckert: 1-3, SAC. Leslie Taylor: 2-4, run. Sammi Goble: 2-4, run. Sarah Moffett: 1-4, BB. Morgan Fraise: 2-3. Brianna Shelman: 0-0, run. Bailey Johnson: 1-3, 2B, RBI. Kelsey Smith: 1-3.
Ft. Madison — Chayse Lowney: 1-3, run. Kayla Culbertson: 1-3, run. Kaylin Featheringill: 2-3, RBI, run. Alexis Pumphrey: 0-3, run. Daylan Rainbolt: 1-2, BB, 2B, RBI. Lexi Schmidt: 1-3.
Mt. Pleasant 000 034 0 — 7 6 4
Ft. Madison 000 320 1 — 6 11 0
WP — Goble (4-3)
LP — Jaycee Pumphrey
Mt. Pleasant — Taylor: 1-4, 2 RBI. Hattie Liechty: 1-4, run. Fraise: 1-3, HBP. Goble: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI. Moffett: 0-3, BB. Buckert: 0-3, BB, run. Stukerjurgen: 1-3, run. Smith: 0-1, 2 BB, 2 runs. Johnson: 0-1, 2 BB, 2 runs. Steals — Shelman.
Ft. Madison — Culbertson: 1-4, run. Featheringill: 1-3, BB, 2 runs. Rainbolt: 0-3, RBI. Ali Burghoffer: 1-3, BB, run. Alexis Pumphrey: 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Emma Dravis: 1-3. Schmidt: 3-3, 2B, 3 RBI. Jaycee Pumphrey: 1-1. Steals — Culbertson and Featheringill.