Panthers fall to Burlington in 20-11 decision
BURLINGTON — It wasn’t pretty, but it did go the full seven innings.
After falling behind early, Mt. Pleasant avoided the mercy rule — twice — with some timely hitting, making a comeback in the middle innings but fading at the end of a 20-11 loss to Burlington at Community Field on Tuesday night.
Facing a 17-0 deficit in the bottom of the third inning, the Panthers were forced to score at least three runs — or go home early by the 15-run rule.
So Alex O’Donnell hit a leadoff single, and Colton Schinstock hit a triple that brought him home. Justin Dilks’ single scored Schinstock, and Dilks advanced to second on an error. He then went to third on a groundout by Jacob Dilks and scored on a single by Carson Remick before the inning ended.
And just like that, the Panthers survived to see another inning.
“We’ve been this way all year — we’re a slow-starting team,” Coach Brent Broeker. “As coaches, we have been working on getting them ready at first pitch, but there have only been a few times this year that we put a number up (on the board) right off the bat.”
Mt. Pleasant slowed down the Burlington offense after the third and mounted their best comeback attempt in the fifth inning, when they put seven runs on the board and cut the deficit to six, avoiding the 10-run rule.
They had help from an RBI double from Tyler Pace, as well as a pair of singles by Justin Dilks. Schinstock, Justin Chalupa and Devyn Broeker also singled in the inning. Alex O’Donnell was hit by a pitch — for the second time in the game — and so was Austin Smith.
The fifth frame gave the Panthers their final score, while Burlington tacked on three more runs in the late innings.
“For three innings, we really competed hard,” Broeker said. “But after that, we kind of shut back down — it was like we thought it was good enough to avoid the 10-run rule.”
The two teams went through a combined seven pitchers in the game that saw 31 total runs cross the plate.
Jacob Dilks started on the mound for Mt. Pleasant and took the loss. Jordan Meyer, Alex Moore and Caleb Kuster pitched in relief.
At the plate, the Panthers were led by Justin Dilks, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Schinstock had a pair of hits and also knocked in three runs.
Mt. Pleasant is now 14-12 on the season and remains 10-4 in the Southeast Conference.
They play their final regular-season nonconference games on Thursday when they travel to Oskaloosa for a makeup doubleheader.
The Panthers end the regular season against Ft. Madison on Monday, starting at 5:30 p.m., and then face Ft. Madison again Friday, July 19, in their first district game.
MT. PLEASANT vs. BURLINGTON
Burlington 51(11) 002 1 — 20
Mt. Pleasant 003 170 0 — 1
WP — Keaton Hoschek
LP — Jacob Dilks
Mt. Pleasant — Alex O’Donnell: 1-3, 2 HBP, 2 runs. Austin Smith: 1-2, BB, HBP, SAC, run. Colton Schinstock: 2-5, 3 RBI. Justin Dilks: 3-5, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Devyn Broeker: 1-2, 2 runs. Carson Remick: 1-4, RBI. Tyler Pace: 1-4, 2B, RBI, run. Dustin Amos: 0-0, BB. Connor Shull: 0-1, 2 BB. Justin Chalupa: 1-3, RBI, 2 runs.
Burlington — Chanse McChesney: 1-3, BB, 2 runs. Fischer Durbala: 1-5, BB, RBI, 3 runs. Zach Patterson: 4-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs. Derek Elmore: 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 HBP. Trevor Martin: 0-0, 2 runs. Kolton Atkins: 1-2, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Gaven Standard: 1-3, RBI, 3 runs. Hoschek: 3-6, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 4 runs. Joe Gates: 1-2, 3 BB, RBI, 2 runs. Brett Werner: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, run. Brice Plein: 1-5, 3B, 2 RBI, run.
Steals — McChesney (2) and Werner.