BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MT. PLEASANT – The Fort Madison Lady Hounds were swept by Mt. Pleasant in a doubleheader Monday to highlight girls softball action.
Fort Madison’s Cassie Powers took the loss in game one giving up two runs, but that’s all the Panther’s would need as junior Anni Liechty shut out the Hounds 2-0.
Senior Sadie Smithburg went 1 for 2 at the plate, after reaching to open the game on error at 2nd. After a Kylie Cashman strikeout, Olivia Williams lined out to second and Smithburg was doubled off at the bag.
The Hound wouldn’t get another baserunner until the top of the third when junior Vanessa Golowach reached on a two-out walk, but was thrown out a third after Smithburg lined a base hit to left.
Logan Johnson drew a walk with no outs in the top of the fifth with the Panthers already up 2-0, but couldn’t move up as Galowach fanned, Smithburg grounded out to the pitcher and Cashman struck out to end the inning. FMHS went 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to end the game.
The Panthers scored in the fourth on a two-out RBI double by Savanna Walls that plated Trinity Krabill. They scored again in the fifth when Lyndi Vantiger drove Chi Glaha with another two-out hit.
Powers got the hard-luck award on the night when she again took the loss for the Hounds in a 6-5 affair in game two.
The Hounds carried a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, but Mount Pleasant put up three to cut the lead highlighted by Keelyn McNamee’s two RBI single with one out. Glaha would follow with another single that plated McNamee before Powers could get out of the inning.
Mt. Pleasant would score two more in the bottom of the sixth and the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh when Leichty hit a two-out RBI single to drive in Makayla Cam who had doubled in the prior at bat.
For the Hounds, Smithburg and Williams both scored in the top of the third. Powers and Maycee Featheringill both had RBI singles in the inning. Ivy Geerdes would score in the fourth inning on a double by Smithburg. Kamryn Bailey and Golowach would both score in the fifth to give the Hounds the 5-0 lead. Featheringill drove in Bailey with a sacrifice fly to right and Allison Helmick scored Golowach pinch-running for Powers on a groundout to second.
In the top of the seventh, the Hounds had runners at first and second in the likes of Golowach and Featheringill with one out, but Helmick popped out to first and Ivy Geerdes ground out back to the pitcher to end the threat.
The Hounds stand at 6-17 on the year and play host to Washington in a Thursday doubleheader.