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Krabill, Panthers take out Tigers

Mt. Pleasant stumps No. 15 New London in Henry County showdown
Jun 07, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Mt. Pleasant's Trinity Krabill tracks down a fly ball in center field.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


New London had been the team with the hot hand so far this season, but it was all Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday night. The two teams met up for the first of two non-conference games of the year, and the Panthers knocked off the 15th-ranked Tigers 11-2.

Mt. Pleasant wasted no time early in the game. Trinity Krabill lifted a three-run homer to left-center field in the bottom of the first inning. Chi Glaha beat out an RBI-infield single in the second and Makayla Cam plated two more with a single to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead after two frames.

Mt. Pleasant made it 9-0 in the bottom of the fourth, getting an RBI single from Cam and then two more RBIs from Krabill. Anni Liechty was dominating in the circle and the Panthers held a comfortable lead after four.

New London finally started to find their offense in the fifth inning. The Tigers loaded the bases and picked up two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Sydni Coleman and Kara Krieger. Liechty shut the door before any more runs could be scored, however, and Mt. Pleasant picked up RBIs from Krabill and Savana Walls in the sixth for some insurance.

“That was just all around good,” Panther head coach Troy Mears said about the win. “Good swings on the ball and good contact against good pitching. They’ve only lost two games all year and they beat the number one team in 2A, and we came out swinging the bats exactly like I want us to.”

Krabill finished the game 3-4 with a homer, two doubles, six RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Panthers. Cam went 3-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

Glaha finished 3-3 with an RBI and two runs, making her 12-13 in her last three games. Lyndi Vantiger went 3-4 with two runs scored. Liechty was 2-2 with two runs scored. Walls was 1-4 with an RBI and Keelyn McNamee scored one run.

Liechty gave up two earned runs on six hits and five walks over seven innings of work. She struck out seven batters along the way.

New London’s six hits were evenly spread out among their top six batters. Coleman and Krieger led the way, each going 1-2 with an RBI.

Camryn Blint and Layney Loyd both finished 1-4 with a run scored. Breanna Mettler was 1-3, and Carson McSorley went 1-4.

“We didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” said Tiger head coach Duane Blint after the game. “They put so much pressure on themselves because it’s Mt. Pleasant. We’ve been playing really well, and tonight it was like, ‘holy cow, that’s not the 7-2 team that I’ve seen.’”

Today (Thursday) is a big night for both squads. Mt. Pleasant will host Washington in an important Southeast Conference doubleheader at 5:30 p.m., and New London will host West Burlington/Notre Dame at 7 p.m. in a battle of undefeated SEISC South Division teams.

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