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MP baseball team upset by Keokuk

Jul 17, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Cooper Huckabone launches his first home run of the season during Mt. Pleasant's 7-6 loss to Keokuk on Friday evening.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

FAIRFIELD — The Mt. Pleasant baseball team owned Keokuk all regular season but the Chiefs, aided by a couple of home runs, turned the table on the Panthers on Friday evening, knocking them out 7-6 in the district semifinals.

Mt. Pleasant won the coin toss and chose to be the “home” team. Keokuk put two runs up in the first inning but Zac Ebeling drove in a run in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 2-1 after one inning.

Keokuk took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third inning with a two-run homer by Jake Jones. Mt. Pleasant got both runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Cooper Huckabone crushed his first home run of the season to cut the lead to 4-3.

Just when it looked like Mt. Pleasant was poised to jump into the lead, Keokuk stretched the lead with a long ball once more. This time it was a three-run shot by Bryce Miller, which gave the Chiefs their biggest lead of the day at 7-3. Huckabone came up in the bottom of the fourth and cut the lead back to three runs, at 7-4, with an RBI single.

Trailing 7-4, Jordan Magnani came in to relieve starter Dalton Shull. Magnani held the Chiefs silent long enough for the Panthers to score a couple more runs.

Mt. Pleasant loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ebeling hit an RBI single and Caleb Potts brought one more in with a sacrifice fly. Keokuk got the final out of the sixth on a bang-bang play at second base, however, and the Panthers still trailed, 7-6.

Zac Beason came in and pitched a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Bryce Anderson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh but Keokuk reliever Andrew Patterson got the next three batters out and Mt. Pleasant’s season was over.

“We had chances to get outs before they got the big hits,” said head coach Brent Broeker after the game. “We didn’t do it, and we paid for it. We just didn’t make the play at the time we needed to like we have all year.”

Broeker did say the overall feeling on the season was a positive one. The Panthers finished the year 25-13 overall and 14-2 in the SEC, taking home their first solo conference championship since 2011.

“I thought overall we had a real good year,” Broeker said. “Halfway through, we have a .500 season (and) at the end of the season we win eight straight. To win that banner (was) a lot of relief because we’ve been trying to get that sucker for four years and we finally got it this year.”

Fairfield topped Ft. Madison in the second game of the night. The Trojans and Chiefs will face off tonight (Monday) at 7 p.m., for the district title.

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