MT. PLEASANT — It was tough sledding for the Mt. Pleasant softball team on Thursday night. The Panther girls continued to slide, dropping two games to Ft. Madison. The Bloodhounds beat the Panthers 7-0 in Game 1 and 13-3 in Game 2.
Mt. Pleasant just couldn’t find their bats in either game. The Panthers recorded just 11 total hits on the night, five in Game 1 and six in Game 2.
In Game 1, Ft. Madison was able to manufacture four runs in the first three innings against Panther starter Sydni Coleman. Ft. Madison scored one run each in the first and second innings and two in the third to take a 4-0 lead.
Coleman and the Panther defense held Ft. Madison scoreless over the next two innings but they couldn’t get any runs themselves. Ft. Madison scored three insurance runs in the sixth.
Mt. Pleasant had five hits by five different players. Samantha Broeker led the squad, going 1-for-3 with a double. Savana Walls, Grace Kelley, Lexie Magnani, Emma Starr and Ella McNamee each had one a single.
Coleman gave up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and three hit batters over six innings. She also struck out four Bloodhounds in the loss.
Ft. Madison took a 4-0 lead after two innings in the second game, but Mt. Pleasant put together their best offensive innings in the top of the third. Broeker hit a two-RBI double, and Savana Walls singled her in to cut the Bloodhounds’ lead to 4-3.
Unfortunately for Mt. Pleasant, the Hounds had nine runs left in them. Ft. Madison responded to Mt. Pleasant’s three-run half inning with seven in the bottom of the third, and tacked one run in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Broeker went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in Game 2. Walls was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Kylee Roen, Coleman and Magnani all had hits as well.
Hannah Newman took the loss in Game 2, giving up 11 runs (seven earned) on nine hits, one walk and one hit batter. She also struck out one. Jordan Crooks gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk over one and two-thirds innings.
“ (Ft. Madison) is definitely better than they have been in the past, but we’re having the same old stuff,” Panther head coach Troy Mears said. “We’re not being aggressive enough at the plate. We’re taking too many pitches, and booting it in crucial situations.”
Mt. Pleasant is now 2-11 overall and 1-7 in conference play. They’ll try to shake it off tonight (Monday) in their final Southeast Conference doubleheader against Washington.