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Mt. Pleasant girls swept by Trojans at home

Panthers knocked out of SEC race, face Fairfield again on Thursday
Jul 03, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Elli Liechty hurls the ball back in from the outfield after a Trojan hit in Monday night’s doubleheader.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

It was a rough way to end the regular season for the Mt. Pleasant softball team on Monday night. They battled against Fairfield for 14 innings, but the Trojans pulled out both games by one run, taking game one 1-0 and game two 9-8 in extra innings.

Game one was a pitcher’s dual between Mt. Pleasant’s Keelyn McNamee and Fairfield’s Allison Rebeling. The two traded shutout innings through the first four innings but Ashtyn Drish scored the lone run of the game for Fairfield in the top of the fifth.

The Panthers had a shot to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chi Glaha led off the frame with a walk and stole second. She was sacrificed over by Lyndi Vantiger, but Mt. Pleasant couldn’t capitalize with a runner on third and one out.

The Panthers had just one hit all game, a second inning single from Grace Kelley. McNamee gave up just five Fairfield hits over seven innings of work, but was tagged with the loss.

Mt. Pleasant went down 2-0 early in game two, but the offense woke up with a huge fourth inning. The Panthers batted around to score eight runs in the bottom of the fourth, which was highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Glaha.

Unfortunately for Panther fans, Fairfield clawed back. The Trojans scored one in the fifth and five in the sixth to tie the game.

The game went in to extra innings and Fairfield scored a run in the top of the eighth. Mt. Pleasant had two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the eight, but couldn’t capitalize.

Glaha finished 1-5 with three RBIs in the loss. Savana Walls went 1-4 with two RBIs. Makayla Cam and Elli Liechty each knocked in a run as well.

McNamee threw another complete game in game two, giving up 10 Fairfield hits over seven innings.

“I was very very impressed with Keelyn tonight,” head coach Troy Mears said after the games. “First game when quick and easy and she didn’t have to work hard. I asked her if she wanted to go again...and she said she felt OK.

Mears said defensive lapses again played a part in the loss, and that the Panthers still need to clean it up in the field.

“We had nine errors and two games,” Mears said. “You just can’t give good teams that many outs.”

Mt. Pleasant was officially knocked out of contention for the conference title with the two losses. They’ll turn their focus to Thursday night’s regional opener, where they’ll look to get some revenge on the Trojans at 7 p.m., in Fairfield.

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