By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon American Legion post five baseball team entered Friday night’s matchup in Boonville with an overall record of 6-6. The team has had an up and down season struggling at times due to their youth. The Mount Vernon team is one of the youngest Legion teams in the area and have done well this year considering that they are competing against much older and experienced competition. The Boonville team came into the game with an overall record of 5-10 and were looking to get back to winning as they took on the Owen Dunn post five team. Not only did Boonville get back to winning, they did it in convincing fashion beating the Mount Vernon team handily 11-7.
Bryce Newman took to the mound for Mount Vernon and was up and down all game long. Boonville struck first on the scoreboard off of Newman taking a 2-0 lead over Mount Vernon in the bottom of the second inning of play.
But though Newman would struggle at times on the mound, he came through for his team with his bat. Newman tied the game up in the top of the third inning with a two run home run giving his team confidence and excitement as the game went to 2-2.
Boonville and Mount Vernon would take the next few innings trading runs as the home team scored one in the third and Mount Vernon one in the top of the fourth on a fielder’s choice. And when Boonville scored two more runs in the fifth inning, taking a three run lead at 6-3, Brandon Merrick came into the game and got the final out sending Mount Vernon back to the plate to look for more offense.
In the sixth inning Trevor Veeck led off the inning with a double to right center field. Veeck would score in the sixth on a Logan Brown fielder’s choice cutting the deficit to two at 6-4. Boonville would then again answer the scoring by putting up two more runs in their half of the sixth inning placing them in a comfortable 8-4 lead.
Austin Krizan’s double in the top of the seventh inning plated one more run and that was as close as the Mount Vernon Legion team would get to their Boonville opponents as the home team would score four more times to put the game away easily.
When all was said and done Boonville was victorious over Mount Vernon with a final score of 11-7. It might not have been the way Mount Vernon would like to enter this week’s section playoffs but the Owen Dunn team will need every bit of fight they have to make some noise in the post season.
Post season Legion play will begin this Thursday at Central High School in Evansville with Mount Vernon taking on Princeton at 5:30 p.m. It promises to be a good game and all the players, coaches, and parents hope that all who are able to make it out to the game can and will do so.
This Legion season has been a growing time for all the players and coaches of the Mount Vernon post five team. The youthfulness of the team will pay dividends in the future of Mount Vernon High School baseball and from they way it looks, the future looks very bright.
By Steven Kochersperger
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