Shull fans 10, helps MP baseball to split
FT. MADISON — Fielding mishaps cost the Mt. Pleasant baseball team in the opener of a Southeast Conference doubleheader against Ft. Madison, which ended 9-1 in the Bloodhounds’ favor, but — behind a dominant pitching performance by Connor Shull — the Panthers came back to win game two, 5-2.
Mt. Pleasant is now 8-8 overall and 6-2 in the SEC; Ft. Madison moves to 8-7 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
Like Ft. Madison, Fairfield is 5-1 in the conference, and the Trojans will host Ft. Madison on Monday. If they split, there will be a three-way tie for the SEC title going into the second half of conference play.
In last night’s opener, the Panthers got started with a run in the first frame, as leadoff hitter Carson Remick singled and scored on a groundout by Justin Dilks.
However, that would prove to be their only run of the game.
Ft. Madison evened the score when John Nagel hit a one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the frame, but a flyout and a groundout ended the inning with no more damage done.
Tied at one, the teams went scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when Ft. Madison was able to muster two hits and take advantage of four Panther errors to score four unearned runs — all with two outs.
They added another four runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Dustin Amos started on the mound for Mt. Pleasant and took the loss. He went four innings, giving up four hits and four walks for five runs (one earned). He struck out three.
“Amos threw well — he walked a couple more than he has in recent outings, but (the problem ws that) in the bottom of the fourth, we decided to throw the ball around,” said Broeker.
Jacob Dilks took the mound in relief, going two innings and giving up two hits and four earned runs. He walked one batter, hit one, and struck out two.
In game two, Panther pitching led the way to a big win.
Connor Shull threw a complete game for Mt. Pleasant, striking out 10 of the 26 batters he faced. He allowed three hits and gave up three walks for two earned runs and picked up the win.
“Shull threw great for us,” Broeker said. “It was one of the best games he’s thrown all year.”
Panther bats and flawless defense backed him up.
The Panthers only had five hits in the contest, but three of them were for extra bases. Remick and Justin Dilks each had a triple in the game and Colton Schinstock hit a double.
“Right field played really shallow, and we finally got some balls past him,” Broeker said.
The Bloodhounds had four errors in the game, including two in the third inning, when the Panthers scored their first three runs.
Next up for Mt. Pleasant is a home game against Wapello on Thursday; JV starts at 5:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant 100 000 0 — 1 4 5
Ft. Madison 100 404 x — 9 7 1
LP — Dustin Amos (3-2)
Mt. Pleasant — Carson Remick: 1-4, run. Austin Smith: 0-2, HBP. Colton Schinstock: 0-2, SAC. Justin Dilks: 0-3, RBI. Tyler Pace: 1-3. Connor Shull: 1-3. Devyn Broeker: 0-0, BB. Trey Magnani, 1-3. Steals — Pace.
Ft. Madison — Miles Wentzien: 1-3, BB, 2 RBI, 2 runs. John Nagel: 2-3, BB, HR, RBI, 2 runs. Jon Temenak: 1-3, HBP, 2B, run. Collin Eaves: 1-4. Ryley Basham: 0-3, BB. Tate Pumphrey: 1-3, run. Ethan Bouse: 0-2, BB, run. Ryan Snaadt: 1-2, BB, 2 runs. Steals — Wentzien.
Mt. Pleasant 003 011 0 — 5 5 0
Ft. Madison 100 001 0 — 2 3 4
WP — Shull (3-2)
Mt. Pleasant — Remick: 1-3, BB, 3B, RBI, run. Smith: 1-2, SAC, BB. Schinstock: 1-3, BB, 2B. Alex O’Donnell: 0-0, 2 runs. Justin Dilks: 1-3, BB, 3B, 2 RBI, run. Jacob Dilks: 1-2, 2 BB, RBI. Pace: 0-3, RBI. Tony Cristoforo: 0-3, BB. Trey Magnani: 0-2, 2 BB, run. Steals — Smith and O’Donnell.
Ft. Madison — Wentzien: 1-2, BB, run. Nagel: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI. Snaadt: 0-1, BB, run.