MT. VERNON — Centralia came out on top in a back and forth softball game with the Lady Rams on Wednesday.
“The girls battled. It was a close game,” Mt. Vernon coach Lance Boldt said. “Centralia, obviously they're a good team, and we knew that. We competed really well. We just had a letdown there in the fourth defensively.”
The two teams traded the lead before Centralia claimed a 5-3 weather-shortened victory. The game ended after five innings after the threat of inclement weather rolled into Mt. Vernon.
Centralia jumped out to early 1-0 lead after its opening at-bat. Mt. Vernon countered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Both runs came with two outs. Rachel Wright knocked a single and stole second. She came around to score after a double from Hannah Carbonaro. Malorie Garner gave the Lady Rams a 2-1 edge when she followed with an RBI single.
“Our offense really the last five, six weeks we've outhit our opponents nearly every game,” Boldt said.
Centralia tied the game in the top of the second before Mt. Vernon pushed across another score and claimed another lead. Lauren Wilson doubled, moved to second after a sacrifice and scored on an error. The run gave Mt. Vernon a 3-2 edge.
That lead lasted until Centralia scored three in the fourth. All the runs came with two outs, and the first pair came in after a Mt. Vernon error. The mistake helped Centralia take a 4-3 lead. Centralia tacked on another run when Shaelyn Lawson added an RBI single.
“We had the chance to get the final out a couple different times that inning,” Boldt said. “But two errors led to three runs, and that was the difference in the game.”
Bria Meyer pitched four innings before Hannah Wright relieved her to throw the final inning. All of the runs scored against the Lady Rams were unearned.
“Bria just did an outstanding job,” Boldt said. “She threw strikes. We let her down defensively. She did a good job.”
Mt. Vernon is 12-19 overall this season and finished 4-6 in the South Seven Conference. The Lady Rams host Mascoutah today.