Douglas Brenneman, Golden Triangle News Service
WASHINGTON ? It is not often a team hits two multiple-run homers in a game and loses, but Mt. Pleasant did that and lost 8-5 to the Demons Thursday in Washington. Washington won the second game as well, not allowing any runs until two scored in the seventh inning for a 7-2 victory.
After the game got started late due to rain earlier in the day, the Demons scored twice in the bottom of the first inning on Megan Mitchell?s single and Cara Linnenkamp?s bases-loaded walk.
The Panthers tied it at 2-2 when Makayla Cam poked a two-run home run in the top of the third inning.
Haylee Wilson led off the Demons? fourth inning with a single and scored on Kellie Dallmeyer?s double. Dallmeyer scored on Alexa Mitchell?s sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.
It was 6-2 when Kinsey Duwa drew a bases-loaded walk after falling behind in the count 0-2 and Dallmeyer?s sacrifice fly scored a run in the fifth inning. Megan Mitchell?s sixth-inning double scored Alexa Mitchell, who had singled. Molly Sparks singled, then with runners on the corners, the Demons executed a double steal and Megan Mitchell scored for the 8-2 advantage.
Trinity Krabill slammed a three-run dinger in the seventh inning for Mt. Pleasant.
?Giving up those home runs, it was just two pitches, so we will take that,? Washington coach Ben Obermann said. ?The first one that went out, it was a curveball low and away. The next one was up and in on her hands.?
Sparks got the win for Washington. She gave up eight hits with one walk and one strikeout. Chi Glaha took the loss. Washington had 10 hits in the game.
The Demons sent all nine batters to the plate in the first inning of the second game for a 3-0 lead. Alexa Mitchell, Linnenkamp and Brinning had hits. Sparks had a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Alexa and Linnenkamp each had an RBI. Linnenkamp and Dallmeyer each batted in a run with a single in the fifth inning. Sparks singled in a run in the sixth and a run scored on an error for a 7-0 advantage.
In the seventh, Caroline Richtman and Glaha reached with two outs. Lyndi Vantiger brought one run in on a mishandled ball and Cam singled in a runner. Runner interference was called to end game two on a ground ball by Krabill.
?We just did not hit the ball well enough early and gave up too many runs,? Panther coach Troy Mears said after the games. ?Our ace pitcher (Anni Liechty) is out but that is not an excuse. We have other pitchers who can throw. It also takes a big bat out of our lineup and the morale is kind of down without her, but we are a team that is young and we have to find a way to fight through it. As long as they battle, that?s all I can ask for. That gives us a shot, but this definitely did not help our conference situation.?
Glaha was on the mound for Mt. Pleasant in game one. She was relieved by Keelyn McNamee in the fifth inning. McNamee pitched all of game two for the Panthers.
The sweep puts Washington at 8-6 in the Southeast Conference while the Panthers fall to 6-8. Keokuk is 7-5 and Fairfield is 6-6. Fort Madison is 5-7. Keokuk and Fairfield were to play Thursday but rescheduled to July 3.
Mt. Pleasant?s next conference action is on Monday, July 2, against Fairfield at home. Before that, however, the Panthers will have a handful of non-conference games. They are in Iowa City this weekend for the University of Iowa Classic.