Panthers dominate Osky with 10-run seventh frame
OSKALOOSA — Mt. Pleasant scored early, maintained a lead and then closed the door on Oskaloosa with a 10-run seventh inning for a 14-3, nonconference victory on Thursday night.
Holding a 4-3 lead, the Panthers put up a 10 spot in the final frame, leaving the Indians with little chance to close the gap.
“Everything kind of fell into place,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Brent Broeker said. “We had three hits in a row, and their pitcher wore down. We rattled him so quick — I think they realized that they couldn’t score (enough to win) against (Mt. Pleasant pitcher) Alex Moore, so they just left him in to finish the game.”
Until the final inning, it was a competitive contest. The Panthers scored early, but so did Oskaloosa. Mt. Pleasant took a 3-2 lead into the third frame, and then Oskaloosa tied the score in the fourth inning. The Panthers reclaimed a one-run advantage in the fifth before blowing the game open in the top of the seventh.
Moore picked up a save, and the win went to Connor Shull, who pitched in relief of starter Dustin Amos.
Amos went 2 2/3 innings and allowed five hits and no walks. He struck out three. Shull struck out one, walked two and allowed just two hits in two innings. Moore fanned six batters in the last 2 1/3 innings; he didn’t give up a hit or walk. None of the Panther pitchers allowed an earned run in the game.
At the plate, the Panthers were led by Tyler Pace (3-for-4, two RBIs) and Justin Chalupa (2-for-3, two doubles, two RBIs).
Next up for Mt. Pleasant is the final doubleheader of the regular season, against conference foe Ft. Madison. Those games will be Monday at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex, starting at 5:30 p.m.