MT. VERNON — Blake Jones hurler a one-hitter, but Carbondale claimed a 1-0 win over the Rams in the 3A baseball regional final Saturday.
“A sophomore goes out there and throws a one-hitter, and we don't get the win. So it's a brutal loss,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “(He) couldn't have done much better.”
Carbondale's only hit of the game led to the lone run for both teams in the sixth inning. Jones walked the leadoff batter, Levi Coffer, to open the frame. The Rams nearly picked Coffer off first, but he was ruled safe. He moved to second after a sacrifice bunt. John Nance stood at the plate and blooped an RBI single to give the Terriers a 1-0 edge.
“I thought our guys competed very hard and had some great defense, great pitching,” Holloway said.
Jones held Carbondale hitless for five and a third innings. He walked three batters and fanned three as well.
Carbondale starting pitcher Noah Thornburg limited Mt. Vernon's offense throughout the game, scattering three hits in seven innings. Jones had two singles for Mt. Vernon, and Ryan Campbell added a single.
“We had trouble with (Thornburg) the first time,” Holloway said. “He has pretty good velocity, kept us off balance. We only scored one run the first time we played them. It probably actually benefited them being able to play Monday and bring him back.”
Jake Pike was hit by a pitch in the fourth, and Zach Brookman drew a walk in the fifth to account for Mt. Vernon's only other base runners of the game.
The Rams moved runners into scoring position three times against the Terriers but never pushed a run home.
“We had some runners on, we couldn't get them in,” Holloway said.
Mt. Vernon's defense completed the game without an error. The Rams had diving stops from shortstop Campbell and third baseman Darick Hayes. Mt. Vernon also turned a double play from Campbell, Reed Millwood and Pike.
“Our guys did great defensively, made every routine play but also made some great plays,” Holloway said.
Mt. Vernon finished the season 19-17-1.