By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
FAIRFIELD ? The Mt. Pleasant softball team had the opportunity to make up some serious ground in the Southeast Conference on Tuesday night in Fairfield, but unfortunately, nothing went as the Panthers had planned. The Trojans swept Mt. Pleasant 5-0 and 10-2 to knock the Panthers back to 3-5 in conference play.
The Panthers couldn?t solve Fairfield starting pitcher Allison Rebling in game one. The Trojan junior shut the Panthers down, giving up just three hits and striking out 14 Mt. Pleasant batters. Makayla Cam did have a strong game, going 2-3 at the plate.
Fairfield scored one run in the first inning but Panther starter Anni Liechty kept MPCHS in it with a strong outing in the circle. The Trojans eventually pulled away with three runs in the fifth and tacked on one in the sixth.
Mt. Pleasant scored the opening run in game two but it was all Fairfield after that. The Trojans scored three runs in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth and two in the sixth.
The Panthers did add one run in the seventh inning. They tallied seven hits in the game but could never get back into it. Keelyn McNamee picked up the loss in game two.
?Not a lot of positives tonight,? said Panther head coach Troy Mears after the games. ?We didn?t come ready to play and we lost two games to Fairfield that we didn?t even compete in.?
Mears said one thing Mt. Pleasant needs to work on is brining intensity into each game.
?We still need to address the same thing since day one,? Mears said. ?Intensity, motivation, and we need a little more want and desire. Until we get that, I don?t think we?re going to be very competitive.?
Mt. Pleasant dropped all the way back to a tie for fourth after the first half of SEC play was completed, but the softball field is still wide open. Fairfield?s 6-2 record is the only above .500 mark in the league.