By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant baseball team is 2-0 to start the season after two straight dominant wins over Keokuk on Tuesday night. The Panthers blasted the Chiefs 21-0(4) in the first game and took the second game 8-1 to start the conference schedule off right.
Game one took just three-and-a-half innings before Mt. Pleasant won via the 15-run mercy rule. The Panthers scored 13 runs in the first inning, five runs in the second and three in the third.
In the first inning, Colby Potts, Bryce Anderson, Rylan Seberg and Chase Lamm all came away with two-RBI hits as part of a 13-run marathon. Anderson tallied two more in the second inning to finish with four runners knocked in.
Cooper Huckabone knocked two runners in, one in the first and one in the second. Jordan Magnani and Caleb Potts each tallied an RBI in the third inning. Keegan Rich had one RBI, which came in the first.
Colby dominated the Keokuk hitters over four innings of work. He gave up just one hit in the win and struck out six batters.
Keokuk kept it much closer in game two, but still Mt. Pleasant came away victorious.
Magnani tripled to start the game and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Seberg. Then, in the third inning, Seberg knocked Magnani in again with an RBI single.
Huckabone laid into a pitch with one on and no outs in the third, sending it over the left-center field fence for a homerun. That stretched the Panther lead to 4-0 after three innings.
Huckabone tacked on two more RBIs in the fourth inning to make it 6-0. Noah Walls knocked in a runner later in the inning, and Trace White had an RBI in the sixth. Keokuk?s lone run came in the top of the seventh.
Zach Beason made his first start of the year and was untouchable over his five innings of work. He struck out eight batters en route to the victory. Anderson came in to pitch in relief.
After the game, Coach Brent Broeker praised his team?s ability to put the ball in play and force Keokuk into defensive mistakes. He also says he?s pleased with his pitching staff early on.
?It was nice to get (Beason) back out there on the field and let him throw some, (and) he threw pretty well,? Broeker said. ?Potts threw well in that first game so the pitching is looking pretty good right now and we?re making the plays for the most part but we?ve just got to keep plugging along.?
The Panthers will continue their conference schedule on Thursday, May 31, when they take on Ft. Madison in a road doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.