By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant softball team continued to experience some growing pains in their first Southeast Conference doubleheader on Tuesday night. The Panthers lost two home games to Keokuk, falling 10-5 and 7-3.
The Panthers had to try and dig out of an early hole in game one after the Chiefs scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Trinity Krabill had an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom half, but Keokuk tacked on three runs in the third to take a 6-1 advantage.
The Chiefs stretched their lead to 9-1 with three more runs in the fourth inning. Krabill led the bottom of the fourth off with a solo homer, knocking in her second RBI in the game.
An RBI single from Makayla Cam cut the advantage to 9-3. Keokuk added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning, and Mt. Pleasant was able to score score one more run, which came on a Savana Walls RBI groundout in the seventh.
Anni Liechty took the loss in the circle for game one. She gave up 10 runs over seven innings of work, striking out five batters in the process.
Walls knocked in Cam in the first inning to put the Panthers up 1-0 in game two, but Mt. Pleasant didn?t score another run until the bottom of the fifth. During that time period, Keokuk plated seven runners of their own to take a 7-1 advantage.
Walls sent one more in on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Ci Glaha scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, but that was all the Panthers could muster in a four-run loss.
Keelyn McNamee was in the circle for game two. She gave up six runs over seven innings of work. McNamee finished the night with four strikeouts.
?We?ve just got to get better in a lot of aspects,? head coach Troy Mears said after the loss. ?It doesn?t seem like we?re ready to play. We?ve got to come out wanting the win more than the other team and tonight, Keokuk wanted it worse and they came and got it.?
The Panthers will look to get back on track against Wapello tonight (Wednesday) at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex. That game begins at 7 p.m.