Wapello gets the best of Mt. Pleasant baseball
The Mt. Pleasant baseball team put up two runs in the first inning but let its guard down after that, and Wapello claimed a 7-6 win over the Panthers at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on Thursday.
“We walked out there against a 2A school — they got one (run), but then we got two quick, and I think they just thought we’d blow them out, put up two runs an inning,” Coach Brent Broeker said. “We’ve got to do what we did the first inning, and do it every inning.”
A lack of energy is something the Panthers (8-9, 6-2 SEC) have been struggling with in nonconference games this season, and last night, Wapello made them pay — the Indians scored four runs in the second inning, then added one in the fourth and tacked on another in the fifth.
“When we play conference games, we’re a different team than in nonconference games,” Broeker said. “When we play conference doubleheaders, the energy is so high. We’ve got to get the energy level there in every game, every time we step on the field.”
The Indians (17-4 overall) taught the Panthers that lesson last night, and it’s not the only thing Mt. Pleasant could learn from Wapello.
“They (the Indians) did a good job of putting the ball in play, and they did a real good job of executing,” Broeker said. “When they had a guy on second, they hit it to the right side. We’ve been trying to teach our guys that — they pretty much showed us how to do it last night.”
The Indians would need every run they could get to top the Panthers, who mounted a comeback in their last chance at the plate — they scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately fell short.
Carson Remick took the loss on the mound, going four innings and giving up seven hits for six runs (five earned). He walked two and struck out five. Tyler Pace pitched in relief, allowing one hit and issuing two walks for one earned run. He fanned one batter in three frames.
At the plate, the Panthers were led by Justin Dilks, who had three of the team’s seven hits — including a double — and drove in four of its six runs.
“He’s just tearing it up,” Broeker said.
Going into last night’s game, Dilks led the team with 23 hits in 15 games played. He had a slugging percentage of .843 and has been getting on base more than half the time, with an OBP of .543. He has been crushing fastballs all year, but last night he got ahold of a curve, too.
“He’s seeing the ball really well,” Broeker said. “He’s a guy that doesn’t think at the plate — he just reacts. It’s really benefitting him.”
Next up for Mt. Pleasant is a doubleheader against nonconference Logan-Magnolia (5-8 overall) tonight (Friday), starting at 5 p.m.
MT. PLEASANT vs. WAPELLO
Wapello 140 110 0 — 7 10 4
Mt. Pleasant 211 002 0 — 6 7 1
WP — David Brockert
LP — Carson Remick
Mt. Pleasant — Austin Smith: 0-2, BB, SAC, run. Colton Schinstock: 1-4. Justin Dilks: 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI. run. Jacob Dilks: 0-3, BB. Tyler Pace: 1-4, 2B. Connor Shull: 1-4, RBI. Dustin Amos: 0-3, BB, run. Tony Cristoforo: 0-2, HBP, run. Trey Magnani: 1-3, RBI, run. Alex O’Donnell: 0-0, run.
Wapello — Brandon Lincoln: 0-2, 2 BB, 3 runs. Will Rios: 2-4, 2 RBI, run. Gage Carpenter: 3-4, 4 RBI. Blake Odle: 0-3, BB. Brockert: 1-4, run. Alex Rollinger: 3-4, run. Brayden Lanz: 1-3, BB, run. Steals — Lincoln and Rios.