FT. MADISON — The Mt. Pleasant baseball team continued their red-hot run on Monday in Ft. Madison. After splitting earlier this season, the Panthers busted up the Bloodhounds in two straight games, skunking Ft. Madison 10-0 in game one and 11-0 in game two. Jaxon Hoyle threw a no-hitter in game one, and the two wins helped Mt. Pleasant slide in to first place in the Southeast Conference.
Hoyle was the definition of dominant in game one. He threw five no-hit innings and gave up just one walk, while striking out 10 batters along the way.
Mt. Pleasant’s offense scored plenty. They put up three runs in the first inning, five in the second and two in the fifth.
Brennan Bender went deep in the win, slamming a two-run homer. Clayton Lowery was 2-3 with three RBIs, and Nik Coble knocked two.
Mt. pleasant didn’t let him when game two came around. The Panthers scored two in the second, four in the fourth and five in the sixth to win a second game by the mercy rule.
Ft. Madison’s offense collected just two hits in game two off starter Bryce Anderson. Anderson didn’t walk anybody in his complete-game shutout, and struck out one batter in the win.
Dalton Gardner was 4-4 with an RBI in the win. Corbin Broeker knocked in three runs. Nik Coble knocked in two, and both Bender and Clayton Lowery finished with one RBI. Trace White was 3-4 with a triple, and Chase Williamson collected two hits.
The three-team SEC race is as hot as ever after Fairfield and Washington split in Fairfield on Monday. Mt. Pleasant leads the way with a 9-3 record. Fairfield is 7-3 and Washington is 6-4.
The Panthers have now won six games in a row, outscoring opponents 64-4 over that time period. They’ll play at Carlisle tonight (Tuesday), at 6 p.m.