By Andy Krutsinger,
Mt. Pleasant News
It was the second-straight slugfest for the Mt. Pleasant softball team on Wednesday night and the second-straight one-run loss. The Panthers clawed back from an early hole against Central Lee in their home opener but fell to the Hawks 10-9.
Central Lee scored the first four runs of the ballgame. The Hawks batted around in the first inning, scoring four runs. They put up four more in the top of the third inning and it was 8-0 early.
Mt. Pleasant?s offense fought back in the third inning, however. The Panthers scored six runs in the frame, getting RBIs from Makayla Cam, Trinity Krabill, Lyndi Vantiger, Samantha Broeker, Keelyn McNamee and Grace Kelly. After three innings, the score read 8-6 in favor of Central Lee.
The two teams traded runs in the fourth. Mt. Pleasant?s run came from Cam, who led off with a single and came around to score on errors. Central Lee added one more in the fifth and it was 10-7 Hawks after five innings.
Cam struck again in the sixth inning. She knocked in a run with an RBI single and then scored on a wild pitch, which cut the lead to 10-9. The Hawks were fortunate to get out of the inning with the lead, getting a double-play off a line drive by Krabill with one out and a runner on second to end the inning.
The Panthers were unable to score in the seventh inning, and for the second straight night, Mt. Pleasant had to settle for a one-run defeat.
?It?s simple, our pitching just has to get better,? head coach Troy Mears said after the game. ?And we had 11 pop-ups for outs tonight, too. Yeah, we scored nine runs, but take half of those pop-ups into line drives and maybe we?re up by four or five runs.?
Cam finished 4-4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Chi Glaha was 3-4 with two runs and two stolen bases. Krabill finished 2-4 with a run.
Glaha took the loss on the mound, throwing one inning and giving up four earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out one batter. McNamee came in to relieve Glaha in the second inning and kept the Panthers in it, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks, while striking out two.
Mt. Pleasant fell to 0-2 to start the season. They?ll have plenty of opportunities for their first win on Saturday, May 26, when they compete in the Louisa-Muscatine tournament.