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Comeback Cats: Liechty delivers

Anni Liechty walks-off to cap game-two comeback as MP sweeps FM
Jun 19, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Savana Walls tags a Bloodhound runner out at third after fielding a Chi Glaha throw from the outfield during game one of Mt. Pleasant’s sweep of Ft. Madison on Monday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


With one on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Anni Liechty came through. The Panther junior lined a walk-off double to right field, scoring Makayla Cam from second to help Mt. Pleasant sweep Ft. Madison on the softball diamond Tuesday night. The Panthers won game one 2-0 and Liechty’s game-winner helped MPCHS take game two, 6-5.

Liechty’s arm was the story in game one. She held the Hounds to just one hit in a shut-out victory. She struck eight Bloodhounds out in the win and walked just one.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Savana Walls knocked in Trinity Krabill with a two-out double. Lyndi Vantiger gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the fifth with an RBI-single that scored Chi Glaha. Walls went 2-3 with an RBI in the win to lead the offense.

Mt. Pleasant had to storm back from a 5-0 deficit after the 4.5 innings. Keelyn McNamee didn’t give up anymore runs in the circle, however, and that gave the Panthers time to claw back.

McNamee’s bat did the work in the bottom of the fifth. She delivered a two-RBI single to start the rally and Glaha knocked in a runner to cut the Bloodhound lead to 5-3.

Mt. Pleasant tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Trinity Krabill brought home one with an RBI-single and Liechty scampered home on a two-out wild pitch to make it 5-5.

Krabill started the seventh inning off with a spectacular catch in center field, falling into the fence to make the catch. Ft. Madison put two runners on base but McNamee got out of the jam.

The Hounds retired Glaha and Vantiger to start the bottom of the seventh, but the middle of the lineup came through. Cam laced a two-out double to left field, and Liechty ended the game on the very next pitch.

“I knew we were in a good spot with the leadoff coming up,” said head coach Troy Mears after the game. “I figured it would play out a little different, but Makayla came through with two doubles in her last two at-bats, and Anni stayed calm and hit the walk-off, so it was a good win.”

McNamee struck out three batters in the game-two win, and her two RBIs led the way for Mt. Pleasant. Cam, Glaha, Liechty and Krabill all had two hits on the night. Cam’s were both doubles.

The Southeast Conference tightened up even more with the results from Washington. The Demons swept first-place Fairfield to move into a tie for first at 6-4. Mt. Pleasant now sits just one game back in the standings at 5-5.

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