MT. VERNON —
The Rams baseball team pulled off another dramatic win at home Friday afternoon.
Mt. Vernon let a 5-2 lead slip away in the seventh against Breese Mater Dei but regrouped for a 6-5 victory in nine innings.
Blake Jones was the extra-innings hero this time for Mt. Vernon. Jones came up with runners at first and second in the final inning and knocked a single to center field. The hit allowed Ryan Campbell to score.
“Blake has been swinging the bat well,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “We had the right guys up there (in the ninth).”
Brock Fulkerson started the game on the mound and pitched seven innings. Fulkerson held the Mater Dei offense in check until the seventh. Down 5-2, Mater Dei battled back against the senior hurler.
With one out, Mater Dei closed the gap to 5-3 after a Mt. Vernon error. Back-to-back extra-base hits from Zack Haake and Blake Haag tied the game at 5-5. Haake ended the game with three doubles.
“(Haake) looked like a very nice player,” Holloway said. “He hit the ball to all fields.”
Fulkerson was able to get out of the inning, but Tyler Morgan relieved him and threw the final two innings, earning the victory.
“For eight innings our pitching was outstanding,” Holloway said. “We had a tough inning there where we had a couple misplays, but overall Brock (Fulkerson) and Tyler Morgan pitched very well.”
Mater Dei struck early against the Rams and took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the third.
Thomas Weber turned the game around for the Rams offense. With a pair of runners on, Weber slammed a home run to left field to put Mt. Vernon up 4-2 in the third.
“We got a big three-run homer from Thomas, got up a few,” Holloway said. “We were able to add on in the fourth, but that was a big part of our offense today was that three-run homer. Thomas got a 3-1 count and did a good job sitting on that fastball.”
The Rams tacked on another run in the fourth when Ryan Campbell knocked a sacrifice fly before the last rally from Mater Dei sent the game into extra innings.
Mt. Vernon is 18-13-1 this season and hosts Belleville West.