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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 26, 2014

Baseball drops two to Mt. Pleasant

By Ashlee De Wit, GTNS Writer | Jun 13, 2014

Mt. Pleasant pitcher Dustin Amos outdueled Washington’s Elijah Wood in game one, and in the nightcap, Panther hitters took advantage of a few walks and wild pitches to score five runs on three hits for a sweep at home against their Southeast Conference foe in a doubleheader on Thursday.
The Panthers (3-5, 2-0 SEC) got a 2-1 decision in the opener and won by a score of 5-2 against Washington (5-6, 1-3 SEC) in the nightcap.
The rivals put their respective aces on the mound in game one.
Amos struck out 14 batters and walked just one in a seven-inning three-hitter. The Demons’ only run was unearned.
“I was talking to him last week, and ... he really wants to beat Washington,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Brent Broeker said. “You saw that in the way he was throwing last night — he was
focused.
“That’s probably the best I’ve seen him throw in his career.”
Broeker had similar words for the Demon hurler,
Wood.
“That’s the best I’ve ever seen him throw, too,” he said.
Wood fanned eight, walked two and gave up four hits for two runs in six innings on
the mound.
Mt. Pleasant got on the board first in the opener, as Tyler Pace walked, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Tony Cristoforo, advanced to third and then scored after a groundout by Justin Dilks — the Demons’ throw to home was off its
mark.
Washington plated a run in the top of the sixth, as Tanner Knupp singled and then came around to score when a Mt. Pleasant error put Walker Breard on
base.
The Panthers scored again in the bottom of the sixth, when Austin Smith singled, stole second, advanced to third when Washington caught Justin Chalupa in a run down, and crossed the plate on a wild pitch for what would be the winning run.
Chalupa was the spark for the Mt. Pleasant offense in the game, and the only Panther who had Wood figured out. He went 3-for-3 with a
double.
“He’s got what he needs to hit the ball; if it wasn’t for him, we’d have been in a lot of trouble,” Broeker said.
The Demons’ three hits came from Knupp, Breard and Jacob Green.
In game two, Washington’s only runs came on a two-run dinger by Breard in the
third inning.
Green led off the game with a single and had another hit in the final inning, but was stranded twice. Other hits for the Demons came from Wood, Blake Weidman and Michael Gier.
The Panthers already had a five-run lead when Breard’s shot cleared the right-field fence, and held the Demons scoreless from there on out for the
win.
“(Walker’s) a senior,” Demon head coach Nathan Miller said. “They are supposed to be leading that way, and we’ve made a few changes to his swing after the first week, and I feel like it has really taken off for him. It was a no-doubter, and once hit left the bat, everyone knew it was gone. It was a big bright spot, and we had other bright spots with Michael throwing, Elijah in the first game, and defensively we were outstanding.”
Brady Anderson started on the mound for Mt. Pleasant in the game, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing five hits and three walks for two earned runs; he got the win. Carson Remick pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief, striking out three batters. Jordan Meyer finished the game, giving up one hit and fanning one in one
inning.
Knupp started on the mound for the Demons, giving up three hits and three walks for five runs, four earned.
Michael Gier came on in relief during the second inning and didn’t allow a hit in five frames. He walked two and struck out one.
Mt. Pleasant’s three hits on the night came from Dustin Amos, who had a first-inning double; Colton Schinstock and Justin Dilks.
“I didn’t think we hit as well as we can — a couple times we tried to lay down the bunt to sneak a run in, and we missed the bunt; we just weren’t as aggressive,” Broeker said. “But our pitching was fantastic — Brady Anderson did a great job, going 4 2/3 innings — and we had only four walks between our four pitchers. We also had only one error all night. Can’t ask for much more than
that.”

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