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April 1, 2013

Rams split their weekend doubleheader

MT. VERNON – A late East Peoria rally spoiled the Rams chance for a Saturday doubleheader sweep.

Mt. Vernon won the opening game 3-2 in extra innings but lost the second matchup 9-8.

The Rams’ Sawyer Harrison delivered the game-winning single in the ninth inning of the first game to give Mt. Vernon the win. The Rams were well on their way to a sweep after building a 6-0 advantage early in the second matchup. East Peoria wiped out the Rams edge late for a shock win.

“It was there for the taking,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “We had the momentum. We get up 6-0. Our guy’s throwing pretty good. We still had too many walks on the day, but we had a chance to get a sweep here.”

Collin Young finished the doubleheader with three hits and three RBI along with a walk. Harrison had a pair of hits and three RBI, which all came in the first game.

Harrison helped the Rams seize an early lead in the opening game. He bounced a ball down the third-base line in the second inning. The ball got past the East Peoria third baseman and went down into the left field corner. The two-out hit scored a pair of runs and put Mt. Vernon up 2-0.

The Raiders evened the score in the fourth when Bobby Martin knocked a two-run single. The game stayed deadlocked until the bottom of the ninth and the Rams at the plate. Colten Meador opened the inning with a single.

With two outs, Clayton Reeves and Pat Bradford both drew walks. The free passes loaded the bases for Harrison, who delivered his game-winning hit.

“It was a battle,” Holloway said. “We had a big hit and Sawyer took advantage of his chance, but the sad thing is we’re going to feel bad about it because of what happened in game two.”

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