MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Post 141 remained undefeated at Brennan Klein Field Thursday with, 6-5, victory over Olney in Sr. Legion baseball action.
Mt. Vernon led 6-2 heading into the seventh but allowed Olney to score three times before getting the final out of the game.
Post 141 picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning that proved to be the difference. Collin Smith hit a ground-rule double then scored when Chandler Meyer reached on an error with two outs.
“Our guys continue to take every at-bat seriously,” said Mt. Vernon coach Pierce Borah. “We were able to put a few more runs up there late that really made a big difference for us today.”
Mt. Vernon took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Walker Brockhouse tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jake Wylie.
Olney took the lead in the top of the third inning. Mason Kocher walked off relief pitcher Dalton Banach. Trey Puckett followed with a bunt single then Kocher and Puckett each advanced on a throwing error to put runners on second and third with one out.
“Jake, Walker, and Dalton have been really swinging the bats really well for us,” said Borah. “They all three look very comfortable up there. Not trying to do too much. All three of them are strong kids. They know if they get a ball off the barrel, it’s going to go a long way. That’s what they’ve been doing. They haven’t been trying to do too much.”
After a walk to load the bases, Banach walked Dylan Hires to score Kocher to tie it at, 1-1. Olney captured the lead when Landon Pride hit a sacrifice fly to score Puckett and give Olney a, 2-1, lead over Post 141.
The lead for Olney did not last long as Mt. Vernon tied it in the bottom of the third inning. Brockhouse hit his second triple of the game and, like the first time, Wylie drove him home when he singled to center field with two outs to tie the game.
Smith came out and pitched the sixth inning after Mt. Vernon reclaimed the lead. He also started the seventh but found himself in a jam before Wylie saved it for Smith and Post 141.
“He [Banach] didn’t have his best stuff today,” said Borah. “He was feeling very tight. His legs were tight. Walker’s arm was a little tight. We probably didn’t do a good enough job of warming up before the game. With Walker’s are tight I wanted to get him out of there as soon as I could.”
Brockhouse was 3-for-4 with three triples, two RBI, and three runs scored. Wylie was 2-for-2 with three RBI.
“Walker can really turn it on,” said Borah. “He’s a fast kid. He’s got a lot of athleticism. Walker might surprise some people with his athleticism coming from a lanky frame but we know the type of athlete he is.”
Mt. Vernon started the season 1-6 away from Brennan Klein Field. Now, Post 141 is 4-6 after their third straight victory. Mt. Vernon hosts Newton Tuesday at 6 o’clock.