CENTERVILLE — The red hot Mt. Pleasant baseball team continued their tear through the month of June on Monday night with a big win in nonconference play. The Panthers went in to (2A) No. 8 Centerville and walked out with a 3-2 win in 10 innings, their seventh victory in a row.
The Big Reds scored the first run of the game, plating one on a double steal in the bottom of the first inning. Mt. Pleasant tied the game in the top of the second when Brennen Bender brought in Trace White with an RBI double.
Centerville took back the lead in the third inning. A leadoff walk led to the top of the Big Reds’ order coming to the plate. The run scored to make it 2-1 Centerville, but Mt. Pleasant did get out of the inning with a double play.
Bender and White combined to bite the Big Reds again in the top of the fourth. This time, White got on with a one-out double, and Bender plated him with an RBI groundout, tying the game at 2-2.
The two offenses went silent for the next five innings. Through nine frames, the two teams were still tied, 2-2.
Nik Coble came up big in the 10th inning, leading off the inning with a double. He advanced to third base on a passed ball, and a Jaxon Hoyle walk put runners on the corners. The Panthers brought in the eventual game-winning run on a double steal, with Hoyle taking second and Coble dashing home. That gave Mt. Pleasant its first lead of the game, at 3-2.
Centerville sent just four batters to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning and never got a runner past second. The Big Reds had a one-out single, but that’s all the offense they could muster.
Hoyle and Bryce Anderson combined for a stellar outing. Hoyle gave up just two earned runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Anderson picked up the win, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out two over six innings.
White finished the game 2-4 with a double and two runs scored. Bender went 1-3 with two RBIs. Anderson was 2-4 with a double. Corbin Broeker went 2-5, and Coble ended the night 1-4 with a run scored.
The Big Reds had lost just one game all season leading up to Monday’s game. Mt. Pleasant is now 13-5 overall.
The Panthers will be back at home on Wednesday, June 26, when they host Mediapolis. Due to the Bulldogs having no junior varsity team, the varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m.