No. 9 Washington too much for Panthers
WASHINGTON — Class 4A No. 9 Washington was too much for an exhausted Mt. Pleasant softball team to handle, and the Demons claimed a pair of Southeast Conference wins over the Panthers in Washington on Thursday night, 11-1 and 10-0.
Washington batters combined for 32 hits over the two games, both of which ended in the sixth inning by the 10-run rule.
“Our pitchers did well, but we’ve had 11 games in the past six days and are exhausted,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Angie Rodgers said.
Sammi Goble pitched game one and Jena Stukerjurgen was on the mound for game two.
Goble gave up 14 hits for 11 runs (seven earned) in six innings. She walked four batters.
Stukerjurgen went five innings, giving up 19 hits for 10 runs (eight earned). She walked no one and struck out one batter.
At the plate, Mt. Pleasant came up with a few hits in the opener, but couldn’t get anything going in game two.
“In the first game, we did hit,” Rodgers said. “In the second game, we should have hit, but we just struggled and I’m not sure what it was. I guess we were just mentally exhausted.”
Leslie Taylor led the Panthers in game one, going 2-for-3 with the team’s only RBI on the night.
Hattie Liechty scored the run; she was 1-for-3 in the game. Allison Buckert, Goble, Sarah Moffett and Stukerjurgen were also 1-for-3, giving the Panthers seven hits.
In game two, Mt. Pleasant came up with three hits — one each from Liechty, Buckert and Stukerjurgen.
A bright spot for the Panthers was fielding. The team had only two errors on the night — one in each game.
“Our defense was strong, but they (the Demons) just hit holes and were aggressive on the bases,” Rodgers said. “It’s something that our young girls will have to learn to read better.”
The Panthers have seven eighth-graders on their roster, three of whom started in the games against Washington. Goble is the team’s only senior.
“We’re incredibly young, but we have a lot of talent,” Rodgers said. “We’ll get there.”
The Panthers are now 5-8 on the season and 0-2 in the SEC.
They have the weekend off before playing six more conference games next week at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
They host Fairfield on Monday, Ft. Madison on Tuesday and Keokuk on Thursday. Each doubleheader starts at 5:30 p.m.