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MPCHS softball team splits with Keokuk

Jun 22, 2018

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

KEOKUK — The Mt. Pleasant softball team had a much better outing in their second doubleheader with Keokuk this season. After scoring just eight runs and getting swept by the Chiefs last month, the Panthers scored 19 runs in a split on Thursday night.

Keokuk was able to squeak out a 10-9 win in game one, but Mt. Pleasant worked back to earn the split in game two, with a 10-6 victory.

Game one was a roller-coaster throughout all seven innings. Mt. Pleasant did strike first, scoring one run in the top of the first off a Keokuk error, but Keokuk plated two in the bottom half to take a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs stretched their lead to 4-1 in the second inning. Anni Liechty came through with a two-run double in the third to cut the lead to 4-3, but Keokuk got both runs back in the bottom of the inning and the Chiefs led 6-3 after three.

The Panthers came roaring back in the top of the fifth. Mt. Pleasant scored six runs in the inning, four of which came on a Trinity Krabill grand slam, which gave MPCHS the lead. Some shaky Panther defense led to three Keokuk runs in the third inning, however, and it was tied 9-9 after five.

The Chiefs put up one more run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-9 advantage. The Panthers had a runner on third in the seventh but couldn’t push her across.

Liechty started the game on the mound for Mt. Pleasant. She took the loss in game one, giving up 10 runs over six innings.

Keelyn McNamee stepped into the circle for game two and she and the Panther defense were able to ekep Keokuk at bay for the most part. The teams each scored one run in the seventh, Mt. Pleasant’s coming on an RBI single by Liechty.

The big inning for Mt. Pleasant came in the fourth. The Panthers batted around in the order to score six runs, including a two-run double by Ava Loewry and an RBI triple from Chi Glaha. Keokuk clawed back with three runs of their own in the fourth, but the Panthers held a 7-4 lead.

Mt. Pleasant plated another in the sixth on another RBI single from Liechty. Keokuk cut the lead to 8-6 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Mt. Pleasant added two insurance runs in the seventh.

The Panthers are now 12-14 overall and sit at 6-6 in the conference with four games left. The Panthers will have a tall task ahead of them tonight (Friday) as they host a 24-3 Burlington squad, which is ranked No. 12 in Class 5A.

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