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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 23, 2018

MP softball season comes to an end

Trojans score 10 runs in the second, 13 overall to run away from Panthers
Jul 06, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Chi Glaha chucks the ball back in to the infield to hold the runners during Mt. Pleasant’s 13-1 loss to Fairfield on Thursday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

FAIRFIELD — Thursday night was a night to forget for the Mt. Pleasant softball team. The Panthers were knocked out by rival Fairfield in four innings, losing 13-1.

The game looked competitive early. Fairfield took the lead on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning but Mt. Pleasant came back to tie the game in the second.

Trinity Krabill led the second inning off with a single and stole second base on the next pitch. Grace Kelley moved Krabill over with a groundout, and Savana Walls knocked her in with a sacrifice fly.

Fairfield’s Grace Stever led the bottom of the second inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. She came around to score on the first of a handful of Panther errors, and that opened the floodgates for what turned into a 10-run second inning for the Trojans.

Shay Drish had the big blow in the inning. She sent a three-run homer to right field, which made it 5-1 at that point. Fairfield could have scored even more in the second if it weren’t for a running catch by Krabill in center field, which stranded three Trojan runners.

Mt. Pleasant had just one more hit for the rest of the night. Lyndi Vantiger led the fourth inning off with a single, but nobody could knock her in.

Fairfield added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game via the 12-run mercy rule, and the Panthers’ season came to an end.

The Panthers dropped their final nine games of the season and went just 1-10 after losing junior pitcher/shortstop Anni Liechty to injury in late June, but head coach Troy Mears said he still expected more out of his squad.

“Yeah, we’ve been shorthanded, but we just battled them to two one-run games on Monday,” said Mears. “We had a good practice yesterday and I thought we’d be ready to go, but six errors in four innings (and) one run...you’re not going to win games that way.”

Krabill finished 1-2 with a run scored and a stolen base. Vantiger went 1-2 with a stolen base. Walls didn’t record an official at-bat, but led the team with one RBI.

Keelyn McNamee threw three and two-thirds innings in the circle, giving up 13 runs (six earned) on 11 hits and one walk along the way. She struck out two batters in the loss.

Fortunately for Mt. Pleasant, they lose just one senior to graduation. Unfortunately, that one senior is Chi Glaha, who led the Panthers with a .558 average this season.

“She’s been huge to our program,” Coach Mears said about Glaha. “I hate losing any seniors like her. She’s just been day in and day out, 100 percent all out. You’d have to run her over with a steam engine to keep her from doing what she does. I hate that it ended this way for her too, but at least she got a couple years at state and got to experience it.”

The rest of the team will have a long wait until softball season rolls around next summer. Mears said the Panthers need to work on physical and mental preparation during the break.

“We’ve got work to do in the offseason, but more than anything they’ve got to get their minds right,” he said. “But we’re young, and we’ve still got talent. When we come to play, we can compete with teams. Hopefully it will be different next year.”

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