MT. VERNON — Belleville West jumped out to an early lead against the Rams baseball team and extended to a 7-1 win Monday.
West scored three times in the opening inning. The first five batters for the Maroons all reached, four with singles. Another batter walked.
“Before we knew it, we were down three nothing against a good team,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “It's going to be tough coming back against their No. 1 (pitcher).
“You don't want to get punched first, and we did. A couple of those hits were just tough breaks for (starting pitcher) Tyler (Morgan). I thought he made good pitches on them.”
Belleville West tacked on a run each in the fourth and fifth innings to go ahead 5-1. The Maroons final tallies came in the last inning.
“The thing is some days you just get beat, and we got beat today,” Holloway said. “They were better than us today. They had 12 hits.”
Mt. Vernon was limited to four hits in the game but did have offensive chances.
One of the best opportunities came in the third inning down 3-0. Ryan Campbell and Reed Millwood both walked with one out. Jake Pike was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. But West pitcher Parker Beine worked out of the jam by striking out Blake Jones to end the frame.
“When you get your opportunities, you want to take advantage,” Holloway said. “And we were able to get on base with a few walks and had a chance to put a dent in that score.”
Mt. Vernon's lone run in the game came in the fifth inning. Jake Pike scored Zach Brookman with a single. Brookman started the inning with a single of his own.
“I thought we hit the ball at times,” Holloway said. “We hit the ball hard. We got runners on. We didn't get them in when we needed to.”
Mt. Vernon is 18-14-1 this season and hosts Centralia today.