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Panther baseball splits with Fairfield

Mt. Pleasant remains one game back in Southeast Conference standings
Jul 03, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Zach Beason slides into third base during game one of Mt. Pleasant’s split with Fairfield on Monday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant baseball team worked a split with No. 10 Fairfield on Monday night, improving from the Trojan sweep earlier this season. The Panthers took game one on Monday, 6-1, but couldn’t complete the sweep. The Trojans bounced back for a 11-6 win in game two.

The Panthers jumped all over the Trojans early in game one. They struck first in game two, going up 2-0. Zach Beason brought the first run home with a fielder’s choice, and Colby Potts raced home on a wild pitch for the second score.

Mt. Pleasant had runners on base throughout the third inning, and capitalized with three runs. Potts started things off with an RBI single. Noah Walls scored on a wild pitch. Beason brought one home with a sacrifice fly, and Jordan Magnani knocked one in on a Fairfield error to make it 6-0.

Fairfield settled down after the third inning and got one back in the fifth but the Panthers held on for five-run win.

Magnani had a nice outing, going six innings and giving up just one earned run on six hits and two walks to pick up the win. He struck out four Trojans along the way. Jaxon Hoyle came in for a one-two-three seventh, and struck out one.

Beason finished 1-2 with two RBIs at the plate for Mt. Pleasant. Potts was 0-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Cooper Huckabone went 1-3 with a run scored, and Magnani finished 0-3 with an RBI.

Things didn’t quite go as planned in game two. The Trojans scored the first eight runs of the game, plating one in the first, five in the second and three in the third. Mt. Pleasant battled back with a five-run fifth to cut the advantage to 8-5. Fairfield closed it out with three of the next four runs, however, and got the split.

“I thought our kids did a good job at the plate both games,” Head coach Brent Broeker said after the game. “We were down 8-0 (in game two). We could have given up and we didn’t. I was proud of our boys for fighting.”

Corbin Broeker was 2-2 with a runs coerd in game two. Rylan Seberg went 2-4 with an RBI. Magnani was 0-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Keegan Rich went 0-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Bryce Anderson was 1-2 with a run scored.

Beason picked up the loss on the mound, giving up eight runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks, while striking out two batters over two and one-third innings of work. Anderson threw three and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. Hoyle threw one inning and gave up one earned run on one hit and one walk, while striking out one.

The Panthers went to 10-4 in the Southeast Conference with the split. They’ll need to sweep second-place Washington (9-3) over the weekend and hope for help from Keokuk in their doubleheader with 11-3 Fairfield later in the week.

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