By Steven Kochersperger
Momentum is a key aspect of any baseball season and in the last few weeks the Mount Vernon baseball team has kept the momentum of winning going. Mount Vernon lost only once this season and has been winning all year long in convincing fashion. This past Monday the Wildcats hosted Big Eight Conference foe Boonville Pioneers and needed that momentum to overcome the visitors. In the end the Wildcats were victorious once again beating Boonville 5-2.
The game began in a strange way as the Pioneers scored the first run. With a man on first base the Boonville pitcher came to the plate doubled into the gap scoring the first run. The pitcher tried to make it to third base though and was called out when the Wildcat defense threw him out. The Pioneer pitcher got up from third base with a finger injury and never had the chance to throw a pitch from the mound.
The Wildcats struck back in the bottom of the first inning when Trevor Veeck hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Mount Vernon’s first run and tied the game. The Wildcats would get two more runs in the third, one in the fifth, and one in the sixth behind the hitting of Trevor Veeck, Drake McNamara, and Austin Krizan to beat the Pioneers by three runs.
Veeck not only helped the Cats with his bat but also pitched well enough to get the win on the mound as well. Veeck early on had trouble hitting his spots but seemed to consistently get the Boonville players out when he needed to end the inning despite their threats to score.
This was the tenth win for the Wildcats this season while they only have the one loss on their record. It’s something Wildcat coach Paul Quinzer is happy about but he still sees lots of areas of improvement for his team.
“We’ve had a nice start to the season but we still have a lot of work to do,” Quinzer said. “We still have a few positions yet to fill or figure out. Our pitchers are throwing well and Hank Dausman has been released from the DL, so that should make us stronger on the mound. My biggest concern is hitting. We have had some timely hits and decent run production, but we are going to need to hit the better pitchers coming up on our schedule. When we have faced a two-pitch pitcher with control, we have struggled. So, that is why we have 28 games. We are just trying to continue to get better each game so we are at our best by the end of April.”
The Wildcats were to play the very next night at Bosse but were rained out and await being rescheduled. The ten wins for Mount Vernon continue their great season and they continue to look ahead through their schedule.
The Cats will play this week a few times beginning Tuesday at home against the Princeton Tigers. They then will play at home Wednesday against North High School before traveling to Washington Saturday to take on the Hatchets.
By Steven Kochersperger
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