Sports, June 16th

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant handed Burlington their first conference loss on the season in a 9-7 win at Mapleleaf. The Panthers scored the first 7 runs of the game and had an 8 to 1 lead entering the 6th inning. The Grayhounds rallied for 2 runs in the 6th inning to make it 8 to 3. A leadoff triple from Payton Hagans led to a sacrifice fly from Zerek Venghaus making the new score 9 to 3.

That’s when Burlington decided to make things interesting and score 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning cutting the lead down 9 to 7. The Grayhounds had the bases loaded with two outs when Hagans struck out the last batter for the win.Ben Newton picked up the win on the mound allowing only 1 run with 3 strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. The Panthers will face off against Fairfield at home in a doubleheader on June 19th.

Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to face off against Highland tonight.

New London will take on Highland on June 19th.

Van Buren County was able to force extra innings after scoring two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, but Central Lee walked away with the 6-5 win in the 8th inning. Taylor Sprouse went 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs in the losing effort. The Warriors will take on Danville on the road tonight. The Hawks will face off against West Burlington today.

In Southeast Iowa conference (SEC) play, Washington walked it off against Fairfield scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to win 9-8.

High School Softball

Mt. Pleasant battled against the #9 team in Class 4A, Burlington, but came up short losing 5-2. Emma Starr and Addison Clark each tallied an RBI in the loss. The Panthers will take on Wilton tomorrow, June 17th.

Central Lee will host West Burlington tonight.

New London handled Mediapolis last night 13-1. Anna Ford had the lone RBI for the Bulldogs. The Tigers will take on Cardinal tomorrow. The Bulldogs will face off against Winfield-Mt. Union on June 19th.

Danville lost to Holy Trinity Catholic last night 13-2. The Bears will face off against Van Buren County tonight. The Crusaders will travel to play Hillcrest Academy on June 19th.

Winfield-Mt. Union fell to Columbus Junction last night 15-0. Quin Smith had the lone hit for the Wolves with a single. The Wolves will face off against Highland tonight on the road.

In SEC games, Fairfield stopped the sweep defeating Washington 10-3. Lilly Bergren led the Trojans with 5 RBIs. Fort Madison had a 7th inning rally to force extra innings and the Bloodhounds came out on top over Keokuk 13-12.

Mt. Pleasant Cross Country

The Mt. Pleasant Cross Country optional summer runs will start up Monday, June 19th. The runs will be led by upperclassmen as coaches may not be present for every run. The practices are open to runners from 7th to 12th grade.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, runs will begin at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre at 6:30 am.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, runs will start at 7 pm at Saunders Park by the swimming pool.

The runs will continue throughout the summer until the middle of August. If you have any questions, reach out to Coach Murray at 319-850-0867.

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees picked up a much needed win over the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp yesterday 9-8. Hawkeye turned Bee, Coy Sarsfield tallied two RBIs in the contest. The Bees take on the Cape Catfish tonight.

Clinton is now on a 5-game winning streak after taking down the Danville Dans 9-3 last night. Parker Shupe smacked a three-run homer for the LumberKings. Clinton faces off against the Lafayette Aviators tonight.

This Day in Sports History

1909 – Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic gold medals.

1975 – NBA Milwaukee Bucks trade Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley to L.A. Lakers for 4 players.

1989 – In the 88 previous U.S. Opens, there had only been 17 holes-in-one, then Doug Weaver, Mark Wiebe, Jerry Pate, and Nick Price each got a hole-in-one on the par-three, 160-yard sixth hole.