By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon boys’ baseball team continues to roll past their opponents this season.
The Wildcats rolled past four of their opponents this week, Tecumseh, Reitz, Gibson Southern, and North Posey to continue their great run this early season. And while most of this week’s games were lopsided on the scoreboard, one game sticks out. It was Gibson Southern who gave the Wildcats all they could handle Friday night but when it was all said and done the Cats took advantage of a bases loaded walk in extra innings to defeat their sectional counterparts 4-3.
Mount Vernon sent Bryce Newman to the mound on Friday against the Titans hoping he would give the innings necessary to keep the score close. That’s what Newman was able to do against Gibson Southern. Newman pitched four innings striking out three batters while walking only one and giving up two runs.
Those two runs came in the top of the second inning as Gibson Southern hit a two out double to go up on the Wildcats 2-0. The Titans kept the Cats cold at the bat most of the game behind their great pitching and timing on defense.
Gibson Southern was able to extend their lead by a run in the seventh inning getting a run on a two out hit to go up 3-0. This put the pressure on Mount Vernon to do something or go home disappointed, and the Cats did not let up.
In the bottom of the seventh Craig Beeson drew a walk and River VanZant got on with a bunt single. Seth Reeves plated the first run with a base hit making the score 3-1 with two outs. That’s when Trevor Veeck came to the plate and tripled on a ball that would have gone out of the park under warmer weather. Veeck’s triple cleared the bases and tied the game at 3-3.
The game went to extra innings and both teams fought hard to not only keep the other team from scoring but trying to end the game themselves. Both teams threatened at times but the pitching really kept both teams going.
It was in the bottom of the tenth inning that the Wildcats ended the game.
Veeck walked and Colin Varner got on base on a bunt hit as well. And when Austin Krizan walked to the plate all in attendance hoped he could be the hero, and he was. Krizan showed great patience and drew a bases loaded walk to score Veeck and help his team take the game 4-3 over the Titans.
The winning pitcher was Drake McNamara who came into the game in relief of Newman to pitch five solid innings only giving up one run. McNamara pitched great and helped his team gain the victory on the mound.
Overall the Wildcats enjoyed their week and have enjoyed their early season success. They defeated Tecumseh 11-1 on Monday and Evansville Reitz 10-3 on Wednesday. And after beating Gibson Southern Friday the Cats traveled to North Posey and beat the Vikings 15-4 behind a grand slam by senior Wildcat Jevin Redman.
The Wildcats hope to continue their winning ways this week. Baseball is a game of momentum and with all the winning Mount Vernon has done this early part of the season the momentum is clearly all on their side.
By Steven Kochersperger
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