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Washington swept by Mt. Pleasant Panthers

By Andy Krutsinger, GTNS Staff | Jun 30, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger, GTNS Staff Aaron Vittetoe gets ready to catch the ball at first base for an out in the game at Mt. Pleasant Thursday, June 29.

The Washington baseball team traveled to Mt. Pleasant to play the rival Panthers in an SEC showdown Thursday night, June 29.

The Demons were unable to pick up a win in either game.

The Panthers ran away with game one, 8-3, and completely the sweep with a 9-2 win in game two.

In game one, Mt. Pleasant put two on the board in the first inning with an RBI fielder’s choice by Caleb Potts and a run scored by Pat Canby on a wild pitch.

Washington answered back with two of their own in the top of the third inning.

Collin Zear knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice, and an RBI single by Luke Turner that made it 2-2.

Mt. Pleasant’s Zach Beason knocked in a run in the bottom of the third inning and eventually came back around to score on an error. The Panthers led 4-2 after three innings.

Washington was able to cut the lead to 4-3 on a sacrifice fly by Zach Londberg in the top of the fourth, but Mt. Pleasant was able to score three in the fourth and one in the fifth to pull away with a game one win.

Keegan Rich went 3-3 in game one, the only Panther to have multiple hits.

Rich finished the game with one double, one stolen base and one run scored.

Pat Canby went 1-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Cooper Huckabone was 1-2 with a double and two RBIs.

Colby Potts threw a complete-game seven innings to pick up the win.

He gave up three runs (one earned) on eight hits and one walk, while striking out three batters.

Ryan Loy and Zach Longberg each went 2-4 with a run scored in game one. Zear finished 0-2 but knocked in two runs.

Turner was 1-2 with an RBI in the loss. Noah Enfield and Brady Knutson each had one hit in game one.

The Panthers once again scored two runs to start things off in game two, but Washington bounced right back with two runs in the top of the second to tie it at 2-2.

The Mt. Pleasant offense was able to grind out seven more runs, scoring two in the third, four in the fifth and one in the sixth.

The Panthers had four players with multi-hit games.

Canby had another big game going 2-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

It was the second night in a row Canby went deep after going homerless until Wednesday night.

“He’s always been saying that we’ve got bad bats or we need new bats,” joked Mt. Pleasant head coach Brent Broeker after the game.

“Well, he’s hit two in the last two nights, so he can’t really say anything anymore.”

Zac Ebeling went 2-3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs in game two.

Cooper Huckabone was 2-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases, and Caleb Potts went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Zach Beason picked up the win in game two for Mt. Pleasant.

He threw five and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out five.

Washington was led offensively by Aaron Vittetoe, who went 2-3 in game one with a run scored. Michael Gier, Loy and Longberg each had a hit in the game and Turner knocked in one run.

Londberg started the game on the hill and went four innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two batters.

Mt. Pleasant moved to 21-12 overall with the wins and 12-2 in conference play.

Washington fell to 15-10 overall and 7-9 in the SEC.

Both teams will play next Monday, July 3. Mt. Pleasant will travel to Fairfield for a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.

Washington will play Oskaloosa for a single game at 7:30 p.m.

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