Mt. Pleasant baseball blasts Keokuk
After going scoreless through the first five innings of the opener, Mt. Pleasant baseball came alive at the plate and posted 19 runs over the next six innings to sweep Southeast Conference foe Keokuk in a doubleheader at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on Thursday night.
Both Dustin Amos and Connor Shull took the mound despite pitching games on Monday, and the two combined to limit the Chiefs to just one run on the night.
The Panthers won the opener by a score of 8-1 and came up with an 11-0, five-inning win in game two.
“(Keokuk pitcher Dakota) Shaw threw well and kept us off balance early, but then we started hitting it hard,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Brent Broeker said.
Shaw pitched five scoreless innings to start the game. The Panthers made contact (he only struck out two batters); however, they just couldn’t get anything going — that is, until the sixth inning.
Mt. Pleasant managed four earned runs off Shaw in the start of the sixth, and he left the game without recording an out.
The Panthers didn’t take it any easier on reliever Nate Lisering, adding another four runs to their total.
Justin Dilks finished the game going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two knocked in. Carson Remick and Tyler Pace each went 2-for-4, had an RBI and scored a run.
Amos was on the mound in the opener and completed 6 1/3 with seven strikeouts, one walk, six hits and one earned run.
Early in the game, Keokuk threatened to score more than once — they put a runner on third in the third inning and had a leadoff double in the fourth; both times, Amos recorded a strikeout to end the inning and dash their hopes.
The Chiefs finally made good on their threat in the sixth, plating what would be their only run of the night.
Amos was relieved by Jacob Dilks after striking out the first batter of the seventh inning, and Dilks got the last two outs of the game.
“I had planned on splitting (Amos) and Shull, to keep them both fresh for Monday,” Broeker said. “But (Amos) has been keeping his pitch counts down, so he can bounce back early. The same goes for Shull. I was going to throw him just two or three innings, but he ended up with just 60-some pitches through five innings.”
Amos ended up throwing 84 pitches in his start. Both pitchers were backed up by flawless defense, as the Panthers went through both games without a single error for the first time this season.
In the nightcap, Shull gave up just two hits and two walks, striking out six.
Big bats helped him out, as the Panthers scored enough to end the second game early by the 10-run rule.
Remick was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and two RBIs in the nightcap. Six other Panthers had one hit each.
Mt. Pleasant evened its record at 7-7 with the sweep. They are now 5-1 in the SEC, and have a big conference doubleheader coming up on Monday against the Bloodhounds.
“Ft. Madison swept (Washington) last night, so they’re now 6-0,” Broeker said. “Monday will be huge — if we come out with a split, I’ll be pleased.”
Monday’s doubleheader starts at 5:30 p.m.
Keokuk 000 001 0 — 1
Mt. Pleasant 000 008 x — 8
WP — Dustin Amos (3-1)
Mt. Pleasant — Carson Remick: 2-4, RBI, run. Austin Smith: 1-4, RBI, run. Colton Schinstock: 1-2, 2 BB, run. Justin Dilks: 3-4, 2 RBI, run. Jacob Dilks: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI. Amos: 0-0, run. Tyler Pace: 2-4, RBI, run. Tony Cristoforo: 1-3, RBI, run. Trey Magnani, 0-2, BB, run. Steals — Smith, Pace and Cristoforo.
Keokuk 000 00 — 0
Mt. Pleasant 012 08 — 11
WP — Connor Shull (2-2)
Mt. Pleasant — Remick: 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 runs. Smith: 1-3, RBI. Schinstock: 1-3, 2 RBI. Alex O’Donnell: 0-0, run. Justin Dilks: 1-3, 2 runs. Jacob Dilks: 0-1, 2 BB. Devyn Broeker: 0-0, run. Pace: 1-1, 2 RBI. Amos: 0-2, BB, run. Cristoforo: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, run. Magnani: 1-2, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Steals — Remick and Magnani.