MP softball splits with Centerville
Mt. Pleasant softball’s lone senior, Sammi Goble, had four hits — including two doubles and a triple — to help the Panthers to an 8-1 win over Centerville in the first game of their senior night doubleheader on Tuesday at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
The Panthers (10-28, 2-12 SEC) dominated game one but fell in the nightcap, 9-5, to split the twinbill with the visitors.
In the opener, Mt. Pleasant got off to a good start with three runs in the first inning on five hits — including three straight doubles from Morgan Fraise, Goble and Jena Stukerjurgen.
“We came out hitting right from the start,” Coach Angie Rodgers said.
Allison Buckert, the Panthers’ leadoff hitter, had a single in her first at-bat, setting the tone for the game.
“Buckert has been doing very well in the leadoff spot,” Rodgers said.
The Panthers’ first three runs were more than they would need for the win, but they tacked on another run in the second and two more in both the fourth and the sixth frames.
Fraise and Ali Dorn were each 3-for-4; Fraise, Dorn and Goble knocked in two runs apiece. Brianna Shelman, a courtesy runner, stole two bases and scored four times.
“Fraise and Goble hit the ball really well, and so did Ali Dorn,” Rodgers said.
Centerville scored its only run in the fourth inning.
Bailey Johnson held the Big Reds at bay with 11 strikeouts on the night. She pitched all seven innings and got the win, allowing just three hits. She walked six batters, hit three, and gave up one earned run.
In game two, the Panthers’ hitting stayed consistent, but they had some trouble in the field.
“We struggled defensively; we had a lot of lead-off walks, and then we’d follow that with an error,” Rodgers said.
Only five of the Big Reds’ runs were earned.
Cali Liechty started on the mound for Mt. Pleasant, going six innings and giving up six hits and seven walks for six runs (three earnd). She struck out one.
Johnson came back in to pitch the final inning of the night, giving up three hits for three runs (two earned).
At the plate for Mt. Pleasant, Buckert, Julie Lasswell and Fraise had two hits each. Three other Panthers had one hit apiece.
“We did keep fighting at the plate,” Rodgers said. “Our bats were going (every) inning, which was nice.
“We’ve really been working with the girls on staying mentally tough all seven innings — they have been tough for three or four, but then they fizzle, which happens when you’re young,” she added. “But last night, they stayed strong, and hopefully that carries over to Keokuk on Monday.”
The Panthers finish their regular and conference seasons Monday at Keokuk.
Centerville 000 100 0 — 1
Mt. Pleasant 310 202 x — 8
WP — Bailey Johnson
Mt. Pleasant — Allison Buckert: 2-4, 2 runs. Morgan Fraise: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI. Brianna Shelman: 0-0, 4 runs. Sammi Goble: 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Jena Stukerjurgen: 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI. Sarah Moffett: 0-3, HBP. Ali Dorn: 3-4, 2 RBI. Kelsey Smith: 1-4. Steals — Shelman (2) and Buckert.
Centerville 101 203 2 — 9
Mt. Pleasant 110 111 0 — 5
LP — Cali Liechty
Mt. Pleasant — Buckert: 2-5, run. Julie Lasswell: 2-4, RBI. Fraise: 2-4. Goble: 1-4, run. Stukerjurgen: 1-4. Moffett: 1-3, BB, 2 runs. Dorn: 0-3, BB. Hattie Liechty: 0-3, HBP. Smith: 0-2, 2 BB, run. Steals — Buckert, Lasswell and Goble.