By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant baseball team had all kinds of trouble against Brady Kauzlarich and the Centerville Big Reds on Monday night. The ninth-ranked team in Class 2A held the Panthers to just one hit as MPCHS suffered an 11-1 loss in six innings.
Mt. Pleasant had a decent start to the game. Starting pitcher Jordan Magnani kept the Big Red offense at bay in the top of the first inning and the Panthers scored one run in the bottom of the first.
Rylan Seberg scored the lone run for the Panthers. He got on with a one-out walk, and Cooper Huckabone blasted a double to centerfield, bringing Seberg around to score.
Centerville began to score in the second inning and never let up. The Big Reds scored two in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth, which gave them a 7-1 lead midway through the game.
The Panthers had two on and two out in the fifth inning after Bryce Anderson drew a walk and Zach Beason got on via an error, but Mt. Pleasant couldn?t push a run across.
Centerville added four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 10-run lead. The Panthers went one-two-three in the sixth, which meant the game had to end in six innings via the 10-run mercy rule.
Mt. Pleasant had just one hit on the day over the six innings, and drew no walks. Eight Panthers struck out. Kauzlarich threw all six innings for Centerville.
?Tonight, I just thought we didn?t handle the velocity very well,? Mt. Pleasant coach Brent Broeker said after the game. ?He was blowing it by us, and we were waiting on swings. We just struck out too many times.?
Huckabone was 1-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the team at the plate. Seberg was 0-2 with a run scored.
Jordan Magnani was tagged with the loss on the mound, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and one walk, while striking out five batters over four innings of work.
Colby Potts threw two innings in relief and gave up four earned runs on six hits and one walk.
The Panthers will be back in action on Wednesday night at Davis County. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.