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MP places sixth at state tournament

Panther softball team rolls past Sergeant Bluff-Luton, falls to Carlisle in nail-biter
Jul 20, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Sarah Moffett lifts a two-RBI single to center field during the second inning against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

FT. DODGE — The Mt. Pleasant softball team got a taste of victory on Wednesday evening in their first consolation game of the day. The Panthers scored the first nine runs to take down Sergeant Bluff-Luton 10-4 in their first contest.

The Panthers couldn’t make it two-in-a-row, however, as they suffered another nail-biting loss in the fifth place game, falling to Carlisle 2-1 in extra innings.

The Panthers shook off Tuesday’s first round loss and put the paws on SB-L early on in their victory. Mt. Pleasant put three runs up in the first inning, two in the second and four more in the third to put the game out of reach early.

The Warriors were able to claw back to make it 9-4 with a three-run fourth inning and one run in the fifth, but Mt. Pleasant tacked one in the bottom sixth when Keelyn McNamee scored on an error.

Sarah Moffett went 2-2 in the game with one double and a two-run single to help blow it open in the second inning. Chi Glaha was 2-4 with an RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Anni Liechty went 1-2 with a double and three runs scored. Trinity Krabill was 1-3 with two stolen bases and a run scored and Makayla Cam went 1-4 with two RBIs.

Cali Liechty picked up her first state tournament win. She threw a complete-game six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, while striking out four batters.

“That win was good because we’ve been having really close games,” said C. Liechty about the victory. “Our first game today was how we usually play when we’re hitting the ball.”

The Panthers had a battle on their hands in the fifth-place game against Carlisle. Mt. Pleasant was unable to get any runs through the first six innings, but Bailey Johnson was nearly untouchable in the circle, only giving up one regulation run on a solo homer in the fourth inning.

The Wildcats led 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Krabill got on with a single and Glaha came up to bat with pinch-runner Dani Broeker on second and one out.

In a bit of De Ja Vu from Tuesday, Glaha, down to her last strike once more, sent an RBI single into the outfield that scored Broeker and saved the game for Mt. Pleasant.

“I feel so confident when she steps in that box,” said head coach Troy Mears after the game. “Since she’s been back from injury, she looks unstoppable, and she really has been. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation (with) a fast pinch runner in Dani Broeker at second.”

Per consolation game rules, the international tiebreaker rule was used in game two, putting a runner on second base to start the inning. Carslile brought their runner home in the top of the eighth, giving them a 2-1 lead.

The Panthers had two hard-hit balls in their half of the inning. A. Liechty grounded out to the short stop and Johnson tagged a linedrive that was caught by the second basemen, who was able to get the doubleplay at second base.

Glaha finished 2-4 with one RBI in the loss. Krabill was 2-3. A. Liechty, C. Liechty, Johnson, Moffett and Allison Buckert each picked up one hit.

“Today it was kind of bittersweet knowing it was all over,” said Buckert after the second game. “Throughout the season our goal was to come back to state and make sure everyone knows who we are. I think we did that.”

Johnson threw all eight innings in the loss, giving up just one earned run on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

Johnson, Moffett, C. Liechty, Abbie Liechty and Buckert each played their last game in a Mt. Pleasant uniform. This year’s senior class has been an intrical part in a Panther softball program that has risen from hard times to a state contender in the last five years.

When the day was done, Johnson reflected on her time at Mt. Pleasant.

“I think playing with your best friends the last five years makes this sport so much better,” Johnson said. “These past five years I don’t think I could have asked for better coaches and teammates, and support throughout the community. It’s honestly been amazing.”

Mears praised his seniors for their leadership after game two. As the fields cleared at Ft. Dodge, the head coach reflected on the departing class.

“They’re just fun to be around. They’re a great group of girls,” he said. “They do the things they’re supposed to do. They don’t get in trouble, they get good grades. You just can’t ask for better examples and better role models.”

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