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Gate City sweep: Panthers take two

Jun 16, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Trace White pitches in the ninth inning of game one during Thursday night’s doubleheader between Mt. Pleasant and Keokuk.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ baseball team did what they needed to do on Thursday night, winning a couple of conference games to stay in second place.

The Panthers used a ninth-inning walk-off single by Cooper Huckabone to take game one, 5-4, and reached the mercy rule in the fifth inning of game two, 11-1.

Mt. Pleasant rushed out to a 3-0 lead with a three-run first inning in game one, but the offense began to sputter out over the next three innings.

Keokuk used the lull in the Panthers’ offense to score some runs of their own in the fifth inning. They scored four runs including a bases-clearing triple to take a 4-3 advantage. Mt. Pleasant woke up a bit in the bottom half though, tying it at 4-4.

“We jumped out early, 3-0, and I think our guys set cruise control,” Head coach Brent Broeker said about game one. “You let a team like Keokuk hang around around and they’re going to get you sooner or later, and that’s what they did (with) that big bases-clearing triple. “

The two teams went into extra innings. Mt. Pleasant had a good shot to win it in the eighth inning but failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded and one out situation.

Starter Dalton Shull was approaching pitch count by the ninth inning so Trace White stepped in to relieve him.

The Panther defense stepped up behind White. Keegan Rich made a sliding catch for the first out of the inning and Caleb Potts gunned a runner out at second base for the second.

After getting out of the top of the ninth, the Panther offense was able to get the job done. Chase Lamm reached on a bunt and made it to second base, and Huckabone knocked him in with a line drive to the outfield for the game-winner.

Huckabone finished 3-4 with two RBIs and one run scored to lead the team offensively. Lamm was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI. Zac Ebeling was 2-4 with a run scored and Potts went 2-3 with an RBI.

Over Shull’s eight innings, he gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks, while striking out six batters. White picked up the win, throwing just eight pitches and giving up no runs on one hit.

Mt. Pleasant didn’t let up in game two. They scored five runs in the first inning and two each in the third, fourth and fifth. Keokuk’s only run came in the third.

Zach Beason picked up the win in game two, going all five innings and giving up one earned run on one hit and three walks, while striking out six.

Colby Potts led the team in game two, going 3-3 with two doubles, four RBIs and a run scored. Ebeling was 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Caleb Potts went 2-2 with three runs and an RBI. Tucker Johnson was 1-3 with two RBIs and Rich went 1-2 with an RBI.

After the game, Coach Broeker talked about how his team kept its foot on the gas pedal in game two.

“I told them, ‘we’re not going through this stuff again,’” he said. “I said, ‘you bury these guys so they don’t get some momentum like they did in game one.’”

The Panthers moved to 12-9 overall this season and 8-2 in conference play. They’ll play both Pella and Williamsburg at the Williamsburg tournament on Saturday, June 17, starting at 10 a.m.

 

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