Mt. Pleasant seizes some tourney momentum, sweeps Ft. Madison
FT. MADISON — Mt. Pleasant is putting together a little surge heading into post-season baseball tournaments next week.
After besting Louisa-Muscatine Wednesday night, the Panthers swept a conference-ending doubleheader at Ft. Madison last night.
Dustin Amos threw a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory in the first game and teammate Brady Anderson nearly duplicated Amos’ feat, scattering three hits in a 12-1 five-inning victory in the nightcap.
Thursday night’s victories upped the Panthers’ season mark to 17-13.
There was scoring in just one inning in the opener as Mt. Pleasant’s three spot was in the fourth frame. Colton Schinstock’s RBI double was the big blow of the inning.
Schinstock added a single during a 2-3 game at the plate. Justin Chalupa, Austin Smith, Pat Canby, Carson Remick and Tyler Pace had remaining MP safeties.
Amos fanned 10 and did not issue a walk in his mound gem.
Six Mt. Pleasant runs in the fifth turned the second game into a laugher. Brent Broeker’s team was never threatened in the game, jumping out to a 6-0 lead heading into the Ft. Madison half of the fourth inning.
Tony Christoforo rapped a couple of singles in four plate appearances to top the hitting. Schinstock and Canby both doubled for the team’s only extra-base hits. Smith, Amos and Justin Dilks chipped in with singles in MP’s seven-hit attack.
Smith ran the bases well, swiping three bags while Chalupa and Canby also had stolen bases.
Anderson did not issue a free pass in his five-inning mound stint and struck out five.