MT. VERNON – Trevor Flota and Landon Thomas gave the Rams baseball team just about everything they wanted in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Mattoon.
“We needed two senior bulldogs to get out there and stop (the losing) for us,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “I can’t say enough about Trevor Flota and Landon Thomas and Thomas Weber as well coming in shutting the door.”
Flota set the tone for the day with five strong innings of one-hit baseball in the opening game as Mt. Vernon won 2-0. Thomas followed with a complete game and helped the Rams claim a 2-1 victory. The Rams entered the games after a pair of defeats to Waterloo and Triad.
“It was huge to get back in the win column again and especially stay above .500,” Thomas said. “We didn’t want to get below.”
Despite Flota’s success on the mound in the open, the Rams offense struggled against the Green Wave in the initial innings. Mt. Vernon’s best early chance came in the first inning. Matthew Williams coaxed a walk andmoved to second on a throwing error. Thomas knocked a single for left field, and Williams tried to score but was thrown out at home on a close play.
Williams reached again in the third but was picked off first base. Collin Young was hit by a pitch in the fourth, but again the Rams couldn’t create a threat against Mattoon starter Austin Warrem.
The Rams finally cracked through in the sixth when Thomas and Young started a rally with a hit followed by a walk. Colten Meador moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.
Pat Bradford laced an RBI single up the middle.
Flota followed with an infield single that pushed another run home. The scores gave Mt. Vernon a 2-0 lead.