Mt. Vernon Register-News


June 6, 2014

Trojans prevail in 10

A win away from 1A baseball crown


Jordan Wheeler celebrated his 19th birthday Friday.

The way the day's 1A state semifinal game against New Athens was going, it looked like he might throw about that many innings.

I think my adrenalin was what kept me going,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler hurled a complete game, and Webber won 5-4 in 10 innings.

I'd hate to be the team that had to throw that last knockout punch to knock us out because we battle this year,” Webber coach Same Root said. “And we battled this whole way through.

Somebody's going to have to beat us. Because we're not going to quit and give everything away,” Root said.

For Wheeler and the rest of the Trojans, the game was another dramatic postseason victory. Earlier in the playoffs, Webber was down to its final strike before rallying. This time the Trojans trailed 4-1 in the top of the seventh inning before clawing back into the game.

New Athens starter Brandon Contratto allowed a pair of singles to Gage Raudenbush and Lane Moser to start the frame. Coach Scott Wine lifted Contratto for reliever Ryan Reuss. He loaded the bases with no outs after a walk to Jordan Wheeler.

Chris Bush followed with an RBI single to slice the New Athens lead to 4-2. Another run raced home when the ball went under the glove of the New Athens centerfielder, making the score 4-3.

Reuss sandwiched a walk around two outs which brought Zane Austin to the plate with two down. Runners stood at each base. Austin chopped a ball to third. The New Athens fielder fumbled the ball allowing Jordan Wheeler to run home, scoring the tying run.

It seems like it happens all the time going into extra innings,” Webber's Gage Raudenbush said. “We just never quit fighting. It feels amazing.”

Text Only
  • Peralta wins 13th, Brewers beat Cardinals 7-4

    Wily Peralta won his 13th game to tie for the National League lead and Aramis Ramirez powered the Milwaukee Brewers with a home run and RBI double off StLouis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a 7-4 victory Friday night.

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams experience solid summer

    Fundamentals were a primary focus during the summer for the Rams basketball team.

    August 1, 2014

  • Hines Sight: Cards aggressive at deadline

    It's been a wild couple days for Cardinals fans.

    They've seen their team and management engage in a flurry of deadline trading activity unlike the past few seasons. St. Louis ripped off a deal a day in the two leading up to the deadline.

    July 31, 2014

  • Young Lady Rams gain vital summer experience

    This summer might have been more critical than usual for player development within the Lady Rams basketball program.

    We graduated six seniors, and we're not kidding ourselves in saying we're going to be veteran because we're not,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon said.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rams spend time at SIU football camp

    The Rams football team spent a little time away from their traditional summer practice setting at the end of last week.

    On Thursday close to three dozen sophomores, juniors and seniors traveled to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for a football team camp. The camp, which included three other high schools, wrapped up Saturday.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hines Sight: St. Louis, Chicago bring exciting aspects into season

    St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears fans have reasons to be excited for the upcoming football season.

    Both teams feature explosive young talent, who have a chance to dominate the league. Challenges also stand in their way.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sam Root award Root calls award 'humbling'

    Webber's baseball team capped the season with several individual honors, and coach Sam Root recently added to the postseason awards list.

    Root, who guided the Trojans to the 1A state finals in Peoria this spring, was named the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association 1A Coach of the Year.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals

     Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the StLouis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • MTV-Salem Junior Legion Salem ends Mt. Vernon's season

    A sacrifice fly made the difference in Salem's 1-0 win against the Post 141 Junior Legion team Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Breese shuts down Mt. Vernon

    Post 141's Junior Legion team lost 4-0 to the Breese Gray Post 976 squad on Sunday in the district title game.

    July 20, 2014

Tom Lindley Sports