MT. VERNON – Quinton Kujawa pitched a complete game shutout Thursday afternoon as the Mt. Vernon Rams defeated Massac County, 5-0, in high school baseball action at Brennan Klein Memorial Field.
“I felt good from the beginning,” said Kujawa. “I had all four pitches going for me over for strikes. They have good hitters at two and three, but I had everything going. I listened to coach [Tim] Holloway and it worked.”
Kujawa went all seven innings allowing just six hits, no runs while walking none and striking out 11.
“The curveball was on today,” said Kujawa. “It had the depth. It was sharp late and I was getting it over for strikes which is always big. I had the slider going too.They were both over the plate. That was big.”
The victory put Mt. Vernon at 21-6 on the season. Mt. Vernon has not lost in the state of Illinois since falling to Crystal Lake South at home on March 31. After the win over Massac County, the Rams have won 17 of their last 18 games with the only loss during that time came in McCracken County, Ky where Mt. Vernon lost, 10-0, against Barlett, TN.
The Rams got on the board early against SIUC signee Noah Farmer. Gage Burroughs opened the bottom of the first with a walk. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kujawa before scoring an unearned run when Jake Wylie reached on an infield error.
Farmer surrendered a single to Walker Brockhouse but did not allow another run in the first. He went on to retire Mt. Vernon in order the next three innings. Then in the fifth, he walked his second batter but got out of the inning without giving up a run to keep the game at 1-0.
Then in the sixth, the Rams broke it open against Farmer with Cole Morgan delivering a bases-clearing double in the inning.
All the damage was done with two out. Brockhouse reached with two outs when he was hit by the pitch. Billy Beckham singled followed by Parker Wielt’s infield hit to score Brockhouse.
After Chandler Meyer reached on an error to load the bases, Morgan lined a double into left-center field to clear the bases and put the Rams on top, 5-0.
Mt. Vernon finished with five hits from five different hitters.