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No. 8 Mt. Pleasant cruises in game one, falls in game two

Jun 16, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Abbie Liechty stretches to field the throw at first base during game one of Mt. Pleasant’s doubleheader against Keokuk on Thursday night.

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News

 

The eighth-ranked Panther softball team made a statement in their 12-0 four-inning win over Keokuk in game one Thursday night, but the Chiefs flipped the script in game two, defeating Mt. Pleasant 11-3.

Mt. Pleasant was able to show their offensive firepower in game one, scoring three runs in the first inning, three in the third and six in the fourth.

Bailey Johnson and Trinity Krabill each went deep in the fourth inning. Krabill’s homer, a two-run shot, ended the game via the 12-run rule.

Johnson finished 2-3 with a triple, a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored to lead the team offensively. Krabill was 2-3 with a homer, a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Chi Glaha went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Cali Liechty went 1-3 with three RBIs in the win. Anni Liechty was 1-2 with three runs and an RBI. Sarah Moffett went 1-2 with an RBI.

C. Liechty picked up the win in the circle, throwing four shutout innings and allowing just two hits and no walks, while striking out two batters.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, game two was a completely different story.

Keokuk struck first with a run in the second inning. Mt. Pleasant scored two of their own in the second to take a 2-1 lead but the Chiefs scored the next 10, plating four in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Mt. Pleasant was able to push across one run in the bottom of the sixth but the offense couldn’t string together enough hits and Mt. Pleasant had to settle for the split.

The Panthers only had five hits in game two. Johnson was 2-3 with a double and an RBI. C. Liechty went 1-3 with an RBI. Glaha was 1-4 with a run scored and Moffett finished 1-2.

Johnson was tagged with the loss, going four innings and giving up seven runs (six earned) on six hits and four walks, while striking out one batter. Glaha threw an inning and two thirds, giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks.

C. Liechty came in to pitch the last inning and a third. She gave up no runs on no hits and one walk, while striking out one.

After the game, head coach Troy Mears addressed the growing problem his team has had with the second game of doubleheaders.

“We might do things a little different next time between games,” Mears said. “You go from a complete emotional high and then come out and let something like that happen. It’s frustrating.”

Mt. Pleasant moved to 17-5 overall this season and 7-3 in conference play. The Panthers moved up one spot, to eighth, in the latest Class 4A rankings.

A handful of area teams still pack the Class 4A top-15 poll. Keokuk dropped out of the rankings. Fairfield moved down to second. Oskaloosa dropped three spots, to sixth, and Burlington was bumped down one spot, to 11th.

At least one of those teams are expected to be in Mt. Pleasant’s regional when the postseason brackets come out in the next couple of weeks.

The Panthers will be in Ottumwa today (Friday) where they will take on Bondurant-Farrar and the hosting Ottumwa Bulldogs.

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