Mount Pleasant — A four-run 2nd inning proved to be the difference for Van Buren County as the Warriors secured a 7-3 opening day win over Mount Pleasant at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex last night.
Mount Pleasant struck for two runs in the 1st inning, one on a Carter Amos RBI triple and the other on a wild pitch — but would not score again until the middle innings.
Van Buren hurler Taylor Sprouse settled in to the game well, allowing just three runs — only two earned — over five innings while punching out 11.
Jackson Manning relieved him and fanned five over the final two frames.
Cooper Keldgord was the starter for Mount Pleasant, pitching the game’s first three innings. He struck out one.
Ben Newton made his varsity debut in relief, covering four innings allowing two runs.
The loss moved Mount Pleasant to 0-1, they’ll take on Mediapolis on the road on Thursday night.
Van Buren County, 1-0, will play Keokuk at home Wednesday night.