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Coleman walks off DC, Panthers sweep

GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger

Sydni Coleman sets to throw a pitch during Mt. Pleasant’s sweep of Davis County on Wednesday.
GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger Sydni Coleman sets to throw a pitch during Mt. Pleasant’s sweep of Davis County on Wednesday.
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Sydni Coleman came to bat with two on and two outs in the final inning, and the Panther junior came through with a walk-off bloop single to right field. That was the final at-bat in Wednesday’s nonconference sweep for Mt. Pleasant softball, as the Panthers defeated Davis County, 7-4 in game one and 6-5 in game two.

Coleman’s game winner came after Davis County scored three runs in the top half of the inning. Mt. Pleasant had come back from a 2-1 deficit to take a 5-2 lead, helped out by a two-RBI single from Hannah Newman.

With the game tied 5-5, the top of the Panther lineup came through. Makayla Cam and Lyndi Vantiger both got on, setting up for Coleman’s eventual two-out heroics.

“I just knew I had to go up there and get it done for my team,” Coleman said after the game. “We had two outs and two runners on, and I knew we couldn’t leave them on base.”

Coleman threw all 14 innings in the sweep, picking up the win on the mound in both.

In game one, Mt. Pleasant took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Vantiger, Trinity Krabill and Sam Broeker each had an RBI single. After a four-run Indian fourth, Anni Liechty tied the game up with an RBI double, making it 4-4 after four.

Lexi Magnani delivered the go-ahead RBI single for Mt. Pleasant in the bottom of the fifth inning. Makayla Cam had an RBI single of her own in the sixth, and Newman tacked one on with an RBI single in the sixth.

It was the final home game for Mt. Pleasant in the 2019 regular season, which also meant senior night. After the game, Coach Troy Mears talked about his four seniors; Cam, Vantiger, Krabill and Liechty.

“You go through your season, and all of the sudden it hits you,” said Mears. “They’re just like daughters. They’ve been around for five years, night in and night out all summer long. I told myself I’m not going to get emotional, and I didn’t think I could, but then I start reading the thing and it’s just hard. It’s going to be a big loss.”

The Panthers are now 21-10 overall and will be at a tournament in Iowa City this weekend.