MT. VERNON — The Rams baseball team struggled to cash in scoring opportunities against Centralia on Tuesday in a 3-1 loss.
“The disappointing thing (was) we had runners on every inning, except the last inning, and we only scored one run,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said.
The game included about an hour and 40 minute weather delay.
“It's no fun to sit there and wait, but at least we had a chance in the seventh,” Holloway said. “We knew we had the top of our lineup coming up. At least we got to play it. You didn't want to go away not knowing.”
The Rams had base runners in each inning except the last against the Centralia hurlers. Mt. Vernon's lone run of the game came in the third. Ryan Campbell led off the frame and was hit by a pitch. He moved to second after a wild pitch and took third when Reed Millwood knocked a single. Campbell came in to score after another wild pitch from Centralia starter Kyle Davis. The score cut the Orphans lead to 2-1.
Centralia scored a pair of runs in the third on four hits. Davis knocked an RBI triple in the frame. The Orphans answered the Mt. Vernon scored with one of their own in the fourth inning to make the count 3-1. Ryan White led off the inning with a triple and came in to score after a wild pitch.
Mt. Vernon had other opportunities to score against Davis. In the opening inning, the Rams loaded the bases after a combination of a hit followed by a pair of walks. Davis worked out of the jam. Mt. Vernon threatened again in the fourth. With two outs, Zach Jines and Zach Brookman rapped back-to-back singles. But again Davis escaped unscathed.
“That's tough,” Holloway said. “You have to take advantage of your opportunities. Through six, we had guys on every inning and didn't get them in.”
The game was halted after six innings were completed. Little rain fell during lengthy delay, but multiple bolts of lightning kept the two teams in the dugouts for nearly two hours.
Mt. Vernon is 18-15-1 and finished the South Seven Conference with a 5-5 record.