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Panthers top No. 9 Knoxville in Burlington

Jul 07, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Jordan Magnani connects with a pitch late in the game. The Panthers came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Knoxville and will play in Ottumwa tonight at 7:30 p.m.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


BURLINGTON ­— With just a week left until the postseason, the Mt. Pleasant baseball team has put together a seven-game winning streak.

The Panthers won their seventh straight at Community Field in Burlington on Thursday night, coming back from a three-run deficit to top No. 9 Knoxville, 5-3.

The Panthers put the first two runners on in the first inning but couldn’t quite capitalize. A couple of miscues hurt the Panthers in the top of the second as Knoxville scored three runs, two of which came on a throwing error.

Mt. Pleasant started to gain confidence offensively throughout the middle innings, but the Panthers couldn’t quite put one through until the fifth, which would be their big inning.

Mt. Pleasant loaded the bases with one out. Knoxville starter Ben Wallace was able to strikeout Pat Canby to get one out away from keeping the Panthers scoreless, but three MPCHS hits changed the game completely.

Cooper Huckabone put Mt. Pleasant on the scoreboard for the first time all day with an RBI single to left field. Zac Ebeling sent a bouncing ball past the shortstop, which tied the game at 3-3, and Caleb Potts doubled past a sliding Knoxville centerfielder to give Mt. Pleasant a 5-3 lead.

“We had a couple of breaks there,” Mt. Pleasant coach Brent Broeker said about the big inning. “But that’s part of baseball. We happened to get lucky that inning.”

The two-run lead was all starting pitcher Colby Potts needed. He shut Knoxville down over the next two innings and picked up a complete game victory.

“After that three-run inning, I thought he pitched real well,” Broeker said about the junior lefty. “He started getting the first batter out, which is huge. By the time he got a lead, he was cruising.”

Potts gave up three runs (one earned) over his seven innings of work. He also gave up four hits and two walks, and finished with three strikeouts.

Mt. Pleasant had three batters with multiple hits. Ebeling finished 2-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Keegan Rich went 2-2 with a run scored, and Chase Lamm went 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored.

Caleb went 1-3 with two RBIs. Huckabone finished 1-3 with an RBI, and Jordan Magnani finished the day 1-3.

MPCHS moved to 24-12 on the year. They will play Ottumwa tonight (Friday) on the road, at 7:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant also saw their postseason bracket for the first time on Thursday. As expected, the Panthers will be the second seed in District 10 and take on Keokuk. That game will be in Fairfield on Friday, July 14, at 5 p.m. Fairfield will host Ft. Madison in the next game and the two winners will play in Fairfield on Monday, July 17, at 7 p.m.

In District 9, No. 1 Davenport Assumption will face West Liberty and Washington will play Williamsburg. The two winners will play in Washington and the two district champions will meet back in Washington on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.

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