MT. VERNON — The Post 141 Senior Legion edged Carlyle in eight innings on Monday.
Mt. Vernon claimed the victory 2-1 after Reed Millwood was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
“That's the ultimate team move,” Mt. Vernon coach Pierce Borah said. “I'm really happy to see that.”
Both teams battled to a 1-1 tie through seven innings. Relief pitcher Darick Hayes shut down Carlyle to start the eighth before Mt. Vernon's offense broke through.
Tyler Morgan and Aaren Morgan started the frame with back-to-back singles. Pinch hitter Connor Storey dropped down a bunt. Carlyle's pitcher threw low to third, and Tyler Morgan slid in safely. With the bases loaded, Reed Millwood was hit in the arm, ending the game.
“We've got a competitive group, and those guys they've got a lot of talent, the Carlyle team does,” Borah said. “We competed. We did a great job on the mound, great job defensively.”
Hayes was the winning pitcher. He threw three innings in relief of starter Brock Fulkerson, who pitched five innings. Fulkerson fanned five and didn't walk a batter. Hayes finished with two strikeouts and three walks.
“Brock did what we've come to expect, and he threw a great game,” Borah said. “Darick came in and did a heck of a job out there. I'm really pleased with the way he threw the ball today. He showed a lot of toughness out there.”
Carlyle tallied the first run of the game after an RBI triple in the second inning. Mt. Vernon answered in the third without getting a hit.
Ryan Campbell beat out a double play at first base with two outs. He stole second. He moved to third after Jake Pike was hit by a pitch and Hayes walked. Braden Smith stood at the plate and drew another walk to force Campbell home.
A total of four Carlyle pitchers limited Mt. Vernon's offense to four hits. Ten other Post 141 batters reached by a walk, hit by pitch or error.
Mt. Vernon is 4-3 overall this season and travels to Trenton today.