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Washington softball team loses 2 at Mt. Pleasant in conference play Thursday

By Andy Krutsinger, GTNS Staff | Jun 30, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger, GTNS Staff Alexa Mitchell took to the mound for Washington in the second game at Mt. Pleasant Thursday, June 29.

The Washington softball team gave No. 8 Mt. Pleasant all they could handle in game two on Thursday night, but the Demons just couldn’t pull out the last couple of outs, falling 8-7 in 10 innings.

Washington came out firing in game two after falling, 7-2, in game one, but a late Panther rally tied it and Mt. Pleasant pulled it off in a nail-biting 10th inning.

All nine runs in game one came in the first three innings. Mt. Pleasant opened the game with three runs in the first inning and two in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

Washington cut it to 5-2 with two of their own in the top of the third, but the Panthers got both runs back in the bottom of the inning.

Anni Liechty went 2-4 with two runs scored in game one. Trinity Krabill was 2-3 with a double and a run scored.

Jackie Fraise was 1-2 with two RBIs. Cali Liechty went 1-3 with a couple RBIs of her own. Chi Glaha, Sarah Moffett and Makayla Cam each knocked one run in.

Cali Liechty picked up the win in the opener, going seven innings and giving up two earned runs on two hits and no walks, while striking out three batters.

Molly Sparks was in the circle for Washington in game one. She gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks.

Game two was one of the best SEC games of the year as the teams went back and forth for 10 innings.

Washington scored the first four runs of the game. Kaitlyn Mitchell led the scoring off with an RBI single in the first inning.

Alexa Mitchell knocked in one in the second and Haylee Wilson scampered home during a rundown to make it 2-0 after two innings.

Brooke Stout made it 4-0 in the top of the third inning but Johnson got that run back with an RBI single and it was 4-1 Washington after three innings.

Washington held a four-run lead one other time in the game. Morgan Brinning hit an RBI double off the fence in the top of the fourth to stretch the lead to 5-1.

Mt. Pleasant started clawing back with a Makayla Cam RBI single in the fourth. Moffett made it 5-3 with an RBI single of her own in the bottom of the fifth.

The Panthers threatened to score more in the fifth inning. Mt. Pleasant had runners on the corners with two outs and Allison Buckert sent a screaming line drive right up the middle.

Washington starter A. Mitchell snatched the line drive and the Demons led 5-3 after five.

Trinity Krabill made the Demons sweat a little more in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo homer that cut the lead to 5-4. That set up for a crazy bottom of the seventh inning.

C. Liechty reached in the bottom of the seventh with a single.

Maggie Cristoforo stole second and scrambled to third base on a wild throw.

Buckert sent a deep fly ball to centerfield that was good enough to tie the game on a sacrifice fly and the two teams headed to extra innings.

Game one starters Sparks and C. Liechty eventually made their way back to the ballgame in extra innings, both getting out of a couple of jams before a wild 10th inning.

K. Mitchell made it 6-5 Demons with a bases-loaded, two-out walk in the top of the 10th.

Stout had an RBI single that stretched the lead to 7-5, but A. Liechty made a diving play at short stop and threw out a runner rounding third to get the third out.

Mt. Pleasant put the first two hitters on in the bottom of the seventh.

Johnson stepped to the plate with one out and runners on second and third and delivered a line drive to right that turned into a game-tying triple.

With momentum swinging back in the favor of Mt. Pleasant, Moffett hit an infield single that won the game.

The Demons tried to throw Johnson out at home but were too late.

“I’m proud of our effort,” said Washington head coach Ben Obermann after the game. “I have nothing bad to say about our effort there.

“We left some opportunities out on the base paths (and) left some runners in scoring position … but that’s softball.”

A. Mitchell and Sparks combined to give up eight runs on 20 hits in the second game. A. Mitchell was tagged with the loss.

Mt. Pleasant moved to 26-7 and 11-3 in conference play. They’ll take on four 5A teams (Iowa City West, Valley, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Muscatine) this weekend at the University of Iowa Complex in Iowa City.

Washington fell to 17-17 overall and 6-10 in the SEC. They’ll face Williamsburg tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m.

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