MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Post 141 trailed twice to Benton before coming away with an 11-8 victory Tuesday afternoon in Senior Legion baseball action at Brennan Klein Field.
Joe Schmidt started and pitched three innings. Chandler Meyer tossed an inning and two-thirds before Jake Wylie retired his only batter in the fifth to earn the victory. Walker Brockhouse closed the game by pitching the sixth and seventh innings for the save.
“We were somewhat thin on pitching, but we were
able to piece it together,” said Mt. Vernon coach Pierce Borah. “Joe, I thought, really settled in after that first inning. I thought he settled in and did a nice job. That first inning, that was a lengthy first inning. He got his pitch count way up there. We could have let him go, but we had enough guys that I felt comfortable piecing it together like we did.”
The top five in Mt. Vernon’s batting order finished 11-for-16 with nine runs batted in and 10 runs scored.
“They feel comfortable right now,” said Borah. “We like what they’re doing. Chase [Timmons] really picked it up the last couple of games. He’s starting to pull the ball a little bit and drive the ball into the gaps and we like to see that.”
Mt. Vernon trailed after Benton scored seven runs in the top of the first inning. Benton had four hits and took advantage of a pair of post 141 errors.
Benton’s Zach Ashby delivered a two-RBI double.Jaxon Helm picked up a RBI on a ground out. Jaylin Roberts singled and Mason Smith had a sacrifice fly to account for Benton’s RBI.
“That first inning we got into some trouble,” said Borah. “We didn’t make a couple plays that hurt us.”
Post 141 responded with four runs in the home half of the first inning. Timmons came through with a two-RBI triple then scored on a throwing error. Dalton Banach also got into the act with a RBI single.
“The last couple of days, I don’t know if it’s because we’ve been at home … we’ve really hit the ball pretty well,” said Borah. “It’s kind of been timely, but we’ve been able to score quite a few runs these past couple of games. Our offense showed up today and that was nice to see.”
Mt. Vernon tied it with three more runs in the second. Wylie picked up a two-RBI single and Banach chipped in a sacrifice fly RBI.
Benton captured the lead for the second time when Dylan Stratton tripled and scored on a wild pitch to give Benton the lead, 8-7. That lead was short-lived when Timmons singled with two outs in the fourth to score Brockhouse with the tying run.
That’s how it stayed until the fifth when Mt. Vernon added three runs. Brockhouse and Banach both picked up a RBI, while Wylie scored on an error.
“Being here at home and the way we’ve been swinging the bats the last couple of days I felt confident we were going to come out and hit the ball,” said Borah. “I really wasn’t in panic mode at all at that point.”
Timmons was 2-for-2 with a triple, three RBI, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Banach finished 3-for-3 with a double, three RBI, a run scored and a sac-fly.
Chandler Meyer was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Brockhouse finished 2-for-3 with a RBI and four runs scored and Wylie finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
“I’ve seen enough games to know the first inning is nothing like the last usually,” said Borah. “I thought our guys did a nice job. They stepped up. You get down and spot them seven in the first, sometimes you might have a tendency to just mail it in, but our guys battled the whole way and they competed and it showed and we were able to come out with the win.”
Stratton picked up the loss on the mound. He was also 2-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs. Zach Ashby was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored. Helm finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a RBI and Smith was 0-for-1 but walked twice in the leadoff spot, scored a run and had a sacrifice RBI
Post 141 is now 3-6 and is scheduled to host Olney Thursday.