MT. PLEASANT — It was all Mt. Pleasant in a Southeast Conference baseball doubleheader at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on Thursday night. The Panthers ran past Fairfield 10-0(5) in the first game and 8-0 in the second.
The Panther boys collected all 10 of their Game 1 runs in the first two innings. Mt. Pleasant hammered out five in the first and followed that with five more in the second.
Nik Coble and Jaxon Hoyle started the scoring out for Mt. Pleasant with back-to-back RBI singles in the first inning. Brennen Bender knocked in to with a double, and eventually scored on an error to give the Panthers a 5-0 win.
After batting around in the first inning, the Panthers did it again in the second. Coble had the biggest hit of the night, a three-run homer, to bring the Mt. Pleasant lead to 8-0, and the Pantehrs scored two more on a Chase Williamson sacrifice fly and a Corbin Broeker RBI double.
Coble threw a one-hit shutout in Game 1, allowing just one hit. Matthew Swanson hit a single to begin the game for Fairfield but the Trojans never collected another hit.
Brad Smithburg took the loss on the mound. He started the game and was relieved by Josh Brewington in the second inning.
The Panthers scored consistently in Game 2. Coble knocked in the game’s first run on an RBI groundout and Hoyle brought him in on an error. After one inning, it was 2-0 Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant plated two more runs in the third inning, plating one on an RBI triple by Clayton Lowery and one on a sacrifice fly by Hoyle.
Fairfield stayed in the game through four innings, trailing just 4-0 going into the fifth. Mt. Pleasant batted around in the fifth frame and scored four runs. Coble, Dalton Gardner, Jack Johnson and Williamson all had RBI singles in the inning.
Hoyle picked up the win on the mound for Mt. Pleasant in Game 2. Elan Ledger took the loss on the mound for Fairfield.
“I thought our kids played really well tonight,” Mt. Pleasant head coach Brent Broeker said. “Our pitchers did outstanding. I thought our kids did a great job on the mound, and offensively I think we put pressure on them every inning.”
Mt. Pleasant moved to 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the SEC with the win. They’ll host Burlington in another SEC doubleheader on Monday.
Fairfield dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Trojans will play host to Ft. Madison on Monday in their first official SEC home games.
“Every day we’re trying to learn,” said Fairfield head coach Josh Allison. “We’re hoping that our early inexperience turns into some smarter baseball toward the end of the season. That’s what we’re really shooting for. We knew coming in that there would be some bumps in the road, and we’re going to keep working.”
It was Fairfield in control on the softball fields, sweeping Mt. Pleasant 6-0 and 12-0(4). The full recap from the softball field will be in Monday’s edition of The Union.