New London goes undefeated at MP ClassicMt. Pleasant softball gets win over Moravia at home tournament, falls to Wildcats and Tigers
It was a perfect Wednesday for New London. The Tiger softball team went undefeated at yesterday’s Mt. Pleasant Classic, finishing 3-0 on the day.
The host Panthers came up with one win in the tournament at East Lake Park.
The Tigers led the whole way in the matchup between the Henry County teams, but Mt. Pleasant kept the game close.
The Tigers put up two runs in the second and added another in the fourth. Mt. Pleasant responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, cutting the New London lead to one run.
The Tigers stretched it back to three with a run in both the fifth and the sixth innings.
The Panthers scored one more in the seventh but couldn’t close the gap.
Bailey Johnson took loss on the mound for Mt. Pleasant, going seven innings and giving up 12 hits, five earned runs and four walks. She struck out four.
Johnson also led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple.
Other hits came from Jena Stukerjurgen, Morgan Fraise, Sarah Moffett, Sammi Goble and Hattie Liechty.
Moffett’s hit was a double; she and Stukerjurgen each had an RBI.
For New London, Emily Parks and Sarah Holtkamp each went 3-for-4; Victoria Noel was 2-for-3 with a triple and Josten Boyer was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Caitlin Chiri and Sami Koontz had one hit each.
Morgan Christner got the win on the mound, going seven innings and giving up eight hits and one walk for three earned runs. She struck out eight batters.
The win over Mt. Pleasant finished the tournament sweep for Tigers, who also defeated Columbus Junction, 6-1, and Moravia, 8-2.
Against Columbus, the Tigers scored a run in the fourth and in the fifth and then tacked on four insurance runs in the seventh. They held the Wildcats scoreless through six innings.
Chiri was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI; Noel was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Other RBIs came from Krieger, Parks, Emma Pry and Christner.
Krieger went 1-for-3 with a triple, and Koontz also went 1-for-3.
Parks was 1-for-2 with two walks and two stolen bases.
Pry and Christner had one hit each.
Christner got the win in the Tigers’ tournament-opening game; she gave up four hits and one run (unearned). She walked one batter and struck out 14 in the complete-game effort.
Against Moravia, with the score tied at two through four innings, New London broke away late with two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth for an 8-2 win.
Parks and Noel had a big game for the Tigers. Each went 3-for-4; Noel hit a home run and batted in three. She scored two runs herself, and Parks also scored two runs.
Other hits came from Koontz, Chiri, Kristen Allen and Kenadi Schulte.
Once again the win went to Christner. She came on in relief and went three innings without giving up a hit. She walked one batter and struck out eight.
Pry started the game on the mound, going four innings and giving up four hits, two earned runs and three walks. She fanned five.
In Mt. Pleasant’s games against Columbus and Moravia, the Panthers had one big win and one very close loss.
They defeated Moravia, 13-1, and lost to Columbus, 12-11.
The Panthers took a lead early in the game, going up 7-5 by the fourth inning.
Columbus had a five-run fifth inning, however, to go ahead by a score of 10-7.
The sixth was scoreless, but with one inning left to play, the Panthers came through with four runs to go up 11-10.
But Columbus wasn’t about to give up, plating two runs in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off victory.
Stukerjurgen was stuck with the loss. She went 4 2/3 innings and allowed 13 hits for 10 earned runs. She walked none and struck out two.
Goble pitched in relief, giving up one hit and walking two batters for two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. She sat down three on strikes.
At the plate, Stukerjurgen was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Goble was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Allison Buckert knocked in two runs and Fraise scored two.
Against Moravia, the Panthers went up 7-0 in the first six innings, and then added six more insurance runs in the seventh. Moravia scored its only run in the seventh.
Goble got the win after allowing five hits, three walks and one earned run over a complete game. She struck out 15.
Buckert led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. Fraise, Leslie Taylor and Liechty were each 3-for-5; Liechty had an RBI and Fraise hit a double. Stukerjurgen also hit a double. Moffett and Goble were each 2-for-5.
The Panthers are now 5-6 on the season, and New London is 5-3 (1-2 Southeast Iowa Super Conference). The Panthers begin Southeast Conference play tonight (Thursday) with a doubleheader at Class 4A No. 9 Washington. New London hosts a conference matchup against Van Buren tonight.