By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant softball team picked up its first home win of the season on Wednesday night. Makayla Cam delivered the walk-off blow, doubling in a runner with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Panthers the 5-4 win.
The Panthers had to battle back from a 3-0 deficit early on. The Indians scored one run in the first inning and two in the top of the third to take a 3-0 advantage, but Mt. Pleasant cut the lead to 3-2 on RBI singles from Hannah Newman and Trinity Krabill in the bottom half of the third.
Samantha Broeker singled off the fence in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. Savana Walls put the Panthers ahead with an RBI single of her own in the fifth, but the Panthers did leave the door open by stranding the bases loaded in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Wapello tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh after a couple of Panther errors. The Indians had two on with nobody out after the tying run came through, but relief pitcher Keelyn McNamee, who had shut the Arrows down after coming in to relieve starter Anni Liechty early in the game, closed the door with the game still knotted up.
?She?s pretty cool out there on the mound,? head coach Troy Mears said about his junior reliever. ?She doesn?t seem to get rattled at all. If she?s down in the count, she just keeps battling. She keeps that game face on and just does what we need her to do.?
That set the tone for the bottom of the seventh. Broeker led the inning off with a single up the middle. Walls bunted pinch runner Allison Elmore over to second base, and two batters later, Cam sent a hard shot up the middle for the game-wining hit.
?Makayla was due,? Mears said after the game. ?She does good things when she leaves her head in and swings well, and that?s exactly what she did and got us that run.?
The Panthers moved to 2-6 on the year and will have a couple of Southeast Conference games tonight (Thursday). Mt. Pleasant travels to Ft. Madison for a doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m.