WILLIAMSBURG — The Mt. Pleasant baseball team has now won seven of their last eight games. The Panthers picked up a nonconference road sweep in Williamsburg on Saturday, winning 5-0 and 16-2.
The Panthers jumped on Williamsburg early in game one. The first three batters of the game came around to score, one on an RBI single by Jaxon Hoyle, and two more when Chase Lamm knocked in a pair with a single of his own.
The Panthers were scoreless in the second and the third, but scored two more in the top of the fourth. Brennen Bender and Chase Williamson both got on base with no outs and both runners eventually came around to score, thanks to a couple of defensive miscues.
Bryce Anderson and Corbin Broeker combined for a two-hit shutout. Anderson gave up one hit and one walk over three and two-thirds innings, and Broeker gave up one hit over three and one-third innings. Anderson struck out three batters, and Broeker struck out two.
Lamm ended the game 2-3 with two RBIs. Hoyle was 1-3 with an RBI, and Broeker went 2-3.
It was all Mt. Pleasant from the get-go in game two. Mt. Pleasant scored two runs in the first inning and put up a 10-spot in the second to blow the game wide open.
Williamsburg scored two runs in the second inning, but Mt. Pleasant immediately got two runs back in the third on a two-RBI double by Bender. Trace White knocked in two with a double of his own in the fourth to end the scoring.
White picked up the win on the mound, throwing two and two-thirds innings and giving up one earned run on five hits, while striking out two. Nik Coble threw an inning and a third, giving up one earned run on no hits and one walk, while striking outw two. Broeker came in for the final 10 pitches, throwing a no-hit fifth.
White went 3-4 with a double and three RBIs at the plate. Anderson was 2-2 with a triple and one RBI. Bender went 1-3 with two RBIs. Hoyle was 1-3 with two RBIs, and Coble knocked in a runner as well.
Mt. Pleasant moved to 10-5 overall. They’ll look to improve on their 6-2 Southeast Conference mark tonight in Ft. Madison, starting a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.