By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WATERLOO ? Friday was a busy day for the Mt. Pleasant baseball team. The Panthers went 1-1 in the Columbus Catholic tournament and found out their group for the district tournament, taking place next month.
The Panthers fell 2-1 to Columbus Catholic in their first game of the day, losing the lead on the final inning
Mt. Pleasant pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead after five scoreless innings. Columbus Catholic struck in the seventh with two runs to take the lead and the Panthers weren?t able to tie the game back up in the bottom half of the seventh.
The Panthers played Union Community La Porte City in their second game of the tournament. Mt. Pleasant raced out to an eight-run lead with five runs in the third and three more in the fourth.
La Porte City was able to cut Mt. Pleasant?s lead in half with four runs in the sixth inning but Mt. Pleasant held on for an 8-4 victory to get out of Waterloo with a split.
The Panthers will be playing in Class 3A Substate 5 when the district tournaments start in early July. Mt. Pleasant is in with all four other SEC teams; Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Keokuk and Washington.
No. 7 Solon is also in Substate 5. They are the only ranked team in the group. Iowa City Liberty and Clear Creek-Amana round out the field.
The Panthers will have another busy week this week starting with a home game tonight (Monday) against Centerville. That game begins at 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant will hit the road for three straight games after that. The Panthers play at Mediapolis on Wednesday, June 27, before heading to Washington on Thursday, June 28 for an important SEC doubleheader.
One week from today, Monday July 2, will be Mt. Pleasant?s final Southeast Conference doubleheader. The Panthers will play Fairfield at home.