Panthers breeze to pair of wins
WELLMAN — Taking a two-game hiatus from Southeast Conference battles, the Mt. Pleasant Panthers ripped Mid-Prairie, 14-2 and 20-6 in baseball Wednesday night.
Three home runs — a pair by Taylor Alliman (along with five RBIs) and one from Dustin Amos — gave the Panthers all the runs they needed in the first game.
Marcus Moothart was the beneficiary of the long ball, aerial attack, striking out two and permitting just five hits in the five-inning win.
Mt. Pleasant also ran the bases at will, swiping eight sacks. Carson Remick and Trey Magnani each had a pair of swipes.
Offensively, Amos ripped a pair of singles to go with his circuit blast. Colton Schinstock doubled and singled, Justin Chalupa, Austin Smith and Tyler Pace all had two singles.
Brent Broecker’s team started slowly, emerging from a 1-1 deadlock with five fourth-inning runs and eight more in the fifth stanza.
Although no baseballs left the park in the second game, the Panthers put up another eight spot, this time in the sixth inning. Mt. Pleasant also broke a 5-5 deadlock with six runs in the fourth.
Brennan Welcher was the winning pitcher, giving up six hits over the first five innings. Welcher walked four and did not retire any hitters on strikes. Justin Dilks pitched a scoreless sixth for the winners.
The Panthers, stealing four bases in this one, took advantage of 18 walks from Mid-Prairie’s three pitchers.
At the plate, Chalupa and Smith, the first two hitters on the Panther scorecard, divided six hits evenly. Schinstock had the team’s only extra-base hit (a double) to go along with a single. Pace had two hits; Jordan Meyer, Alliman, Dilks and Christoforo contributed singles.