Mt. Pleasant baseball dominates Lo-Ma
Connor Shull pitched a four-inning no-hitter and Dustin Amos gave up just one hit in five innings as Mt. Pleasant baseball’s pair of aces continued their dominance on the mound in a Friday-night doubleheader.
The young and tired Logan-Magnolia pitchers did not fare as well — it was batting practice for the Panthers, who pounded out 27 hits as they ran away with a sweep of the visitors, 13-0 and 15-0.
“They keep getting better each outing,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Brent Broeker said of his pitchers. “They basically dominated. The one hit on Amos was just a weak grounder, almost a swinging bunt, and (the fielders) couldn’t get to it.”
Amos walked two and struck out four in the five-inning contest.
In game two, Shull struck out four and walked four in four frames on the mound.
Both Panther pitchers will be going again on Thursday when Mt. Pleasant hosts Southeast Conference foe Washington.
At the plate, Mt. Pleasant’s trio of lefties had a strong showing in game one, coming up with three of the team’s five extra-base hits.
Austin Smith found a gap in left-center during the third inning for a 3-run, inside-the-park home run, and ended up 2-for-3 on the night.
Devyn Broeker nearly had a home run of his own in the fourth frame, but the ball bounced off the top of the right field fence for an RBI double. Tony Cristoforo also hit a double for the Panthers, going 2-for-2 with an RBI on the night.
Justin Dilks and Trey Magnani also doubled in the game, and Jacob Dilks knocked in three runs.
On the night, the Panthers proved too much for the young Logan-Magnolia pitchers, who had traveled from the far west side of the state on a weekend road trip that also included stops for games against Central Lee and Calamus-Wheatland.
“They had a few young kids, and they only have 15 on their roster,” Broeker said. “We did a good job being prepared, but they didn’t have much to throw at us.”
In game two, Justin Dilks hit an RBI double to left-center in the second inning, followed by back-to-back triples from Jacob Dilks and Carson Remick. Mt. Pleasant batted all the way around in the inning, scoring six runs in the frame, and they added seven more in the third inning.
Eight of the nine Panther batters had at least one hit in the game, and the only one who didn’t have a hit wasn’t given a chance — Cristoforo walked all three times he went to the plate.
Alex O’Donnell, who joined the team again Thursday after missing all but one game so far this season with a broken thumb, went 2-for-3 in game two. Justin Dilks went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles; Remick was 2-for-2.
The Panthers are now 10-9 overall and remain 6-2 in the SEC.
They play at Ottumwa tonight (Monday) and host North Scott in a doubleheader on Wednesday (5 p.m.) before taking on Washington (5:30 p.m.)
Logan-Magnolia 000 00 — 0 1 5
Mt. Pleasant 423 4x — 13 13 0
WP — Dustin Amos
LP — Jamison Muxfeldt
Mt. Pleasant — Carson Remick: 0-2, BB, run. Austin Smith: 2-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Colton Schinstock: 2-2, BB. Justin Dilks: 1-2, BB, 2B, 2 runs. Jacob Dilks: 2-3, 3 RBI. Tyler Pace: 1-3, RBI. Connor Shull: 0-3, run. Tony Cristoforo: 2-2, BB, 2B, RBI, 2 runs. Trey Magnani: 2-2, HBP, 2B, 2 runs. Devyn Broeker: 1-1, 2B, RBI, run. Alex O’Donnell: 0-1, 2 runs. Colten Moore: 0-1, RBI. Steals — O’Donnell.
Logan-Magnolia — Brennen Azinger: 0-1, BB. Brett Greenwood: 0-1, BB. Nick Knudsen, 1-2. Steals — Knudsen.
Logan-Magnolia 000 0 — 0 0 2
Mt. Pleasant 267 x — 15 14 0
WP — Shull
LP — Jarek Richardson
Mt. Pleasant — O’Donnell: 2-3, BB, run. Smith: 1-3, BB, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Schinstock: 1-1, BB, SAC, 2 RBI. Justin Dilks: 3-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 runs. Jacob Dilks: 1-2, BB, 3B, RBI, run. Carson Remick: 2-2, BB, 3B, RBI, run. Dustin Amos: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, run. Cristoforo: 0-0, 3 BB, 2 runs. Broeker: 2-3, RBI, 2 runs. Magnani: 0-0, 2 runs. Steals — Smith (2), O’Donnell, Justin Dilks, Jacob Dilks, Amos, Cristoforo and Broeker.
Logan-Magnolia — Richardson: 0-1, BB. Azinger: 0-0, 2 BB. Knudsen: 0-0, BB.