Washington Evening Journal
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FORT MADISON — Mt. Pleasant softball has been struggling as of late, but the Panthers were able to scoop up one win in four tries this weekend.
On Thursday and Friday, the Panthers continued to tussle on the ball diamond, but eventually dropped a pair to Southeast Conference leader Fort Madison, 12-0 and 15-6. The Panthers split with Holy Trinity Catholic on Friday, picking up a 15-10 victory over the Crusaders before dropping the second of two 7-5.
On Thursday, the Panthers faced off with SEC foe Fort Madison. It was a tough night for the Panthers, as the conference leaders dominated both games.
Mt. Pleasant hung in for two innings in game one, giving up just two points, but the Bloodhounds scored nine in the third to pull away.
The Panther’s couldn’t get anything going at the plate and the Bloodhounds scored one additional run in the fourth to end the game in four innings.
Emma Starr had the Panthers lone hit in the contest.
Ella McNamee, Jordan Crooks and Myah Starr all pitch for Mt. Pleasant in the loss.
McNamee pitched 2.2 innings, giving up four hits, eight runs (three earned) and two walks. Crooks gave Mt. Pleasant 0.2, allowing one hit, one run, two walks and one strikeout.
In the second of the two games, Fort Madison came out on fire.
The Bloodhounds scored 11 run in the first inning to the Panthers one.
Mt. Pleasant fought back with five runs between the second and third, but could never complete a comeback as Fort Madison scored four more in the sixth.
Emma Starr, Saige Burchett and Bethany Drury each had two hits in the loss. Starr and Burchett also each had two RBIs. Jersey Beachy had a hit and three RBIs. McNamee and Addison Clark also had one hit. Clark tallied one RBI as well.
Madison Helling threw from the circle for the Panthers. Helling gave up 12 hits, 15 runs (eight earned), five walks and two strikeouts.
In game one against Holy Trinity, the Panthers found themselves down 4-0, but scored six over the next two innings to take a 6-4 lead.
The Crusaders bounced back in their half of the third scouring another four to take back the advantage, 8-6.
Although the Panthers trailed they did just enough to pick up their second win of the season.
In the final three innings, Mt. Pleasant outscored Holy Trinity 9-2 to take the victory.
Kynlee White ended with a total of four hits in the win. Savana Walls finished with three hits, along with three RBIs. Emma Starr, Drury and Helling each had two hits. Drury had an RBI and Starr finished with a pair. Beachy and McNamee each finished with one hit.
Helling, Myah Starr and McNamee all threw for the Trojans in the loss.
In the second of the two games, the Panthers fell just short.
Walls, White, Burchett, Jayden Housh and McNamee all finished with two hits. Burchett had an RBI and Housh had two. Emma Starr, Beachy, and Drury all had a single hit. McNamee ended with a single RBI in the loss.
Alexa Fuller and Myah Starr each pitched for Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant, now 2-16, will take on Washington (8-15) on Monday in an SEC doubleheader at home.