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No. 4 Carlisle too much for MP

Panther baseball downed at home in non-conference matchup
Jun 20, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Zach Beason hurls a pitch towards the plate during Mt. Pleasant’s 14-4 loss to No. 4 Carlisle on Tuesday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


Mt. Pleasant hosted yet another ranked team in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday night. No. 4 Carlisle came into town and knocked off the Panthers 14-4 in six innings.

The Wildcats, who are coached by Mt. Pleasant graduate Blake Heitmeier, showed off their top-knotch offense. Their 14 runs were the most of any team against the Panthers this year.

Carlisle opened the game up with a run in the top of the first but Mt. Pleasant took the lead in the bottom of the second. Mt. Pleasant loaded the bases with nobody out. Keegan Rich bounced into a double play, but brought one run home to tie it at 1-1. Jordan Magnani followed with an RBI single and the Panthers took a 2-1 advantage.

Carlisle scored the next seven runs of the ballgame, plating five runs in the third inning and two in the fourth. After three-and-a-half innings of play, the Wildcats led 8-2.

Mt. Pleasant was able to grind out one run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Rich knocked in a run with an RBI single in the fourth and Colby Potts cut the lead to 8-4 with an RBI single in the fifth.

The Wildcats put the game away in the sixth, however. Carlisle plated six runs in the top half of the inning and the Panthers went scoreless in the bottom half to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.

“I thought we battled well for the first four innings,” head coach Brent Broeker said after the game. “We were in the game. They just kept extending and we couldn’t keep up with them after that.”

Mt. Pleasant finished the day with five hits. Rich ended the game 1-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base. Potts was 1-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Magnani went 1-3 with an RBI.

Cooper Huckabone finished the day 1-2 with a run scored. Rylan Seberg was 1-3, and Bryce Anderson went 0-1 with two runs scored.

Zach Beason started the game and went three innings, giving up six earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Jaxon Hoyle threw two and two-thirds innings and gave up six earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three batters. Trace White came in for the final out, giving up two earned runs on one hit and three walks in the process.

Mt. Pleasant fell to 14-8 overall with the loss. The Panthers will be back in action tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m., against Davis County.

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