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MP softball postponed in fifth

Panthers take lead on Hannah Newman double, will pick up next Tuesday

GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger

Anni Liechty rears back to fire a ball to first base from deep in the hole at shortstop on Tuesday night.
GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger Anni Liechty rears back to fire a ball to first base from deep in the hole at shortstop on Tuesday night.
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The Mt. Pleasant softball team had just taken the lead for the first time all night in game on of Tuesday night’s scheduled doubleheader with West Burlington, but a lightning strike in the distance kicked off a long rain delay.

The ligthning and rain combined to hold the game off for two hours, with the score 5-4 Mt. Pleasant in the bottom of the fifth. The teams were set to warm up at about 8:30 p.m., but one final storm cell spoiled that plan and the games were officially postponed until Tuesday, July 2.

The game was scoreless through the first two innings despite at least one runner reaching base in each half inning. The scoring didn’t begin until West Burlington broke the tie in the top of the third inning.

In the top of the third, West Burlington loaded the bases with one out. An RBI bunt single fooled the Panthers for one run, and a two-run double to left made it 3-0 Falcons. Sydni Coleman got the next two outs on a pop up and a strikeout, but West Burlington still led by three.

The Panthers couldn’t capitalize after getting their first two hitters of the third on base in the bottom of the third, but they were finally able to make up some ground in the fourth.

With runners on second and third and one out, Grace Kelly broke the Panther scoreless streak with an RBI groundout. Hannah Newman narrowly escaped the tag at home on a two-out wild pitch, and Mt. Pleasant trailed by just one run, at 3-2, after four.

West Burlington struck back in the top of the fifth. A leadoff double put a runner in scoring position, and a sacrifice fly to center field plated her from third. That made it 4-2 Falcons.

Anni Liechty reached base in the bottom of the fifth and Sydni Coleman singled her in to cut the lead back to one, at 4-3. Then, with runners on the corners and two outs, Newman smacked a two-RBI double to right-center field, giving the Panthers the lead in the nick of time.

The lightning stopped the game with Newman standing on second and two outs in the fifth. The Panthers and Falcons will finish game one next Tuesday, July 2, before following it with game two.