MT. VERNON — A pitching duel turned into a slugfest Saturday between Senior Legion Post 141 and Trenton.
Trenton scored five times in the seventh and held off a last-gasp rally to beat Mt. Vernon 7-6.
“They're a really good hitting ballclub,” Mt. Vernon coach Pierce Borah said. “And mistakes are going to happen. That's part of baseball. We have to find a way to battle through those mistakes.”
Mt. Vernon staked itself to a 4-2 lead in the sixth with the help of some early offense and three RBI from Reed Millwood.
Millwood struck in his first two times at the plate. He gave Post 141 a 1-0 edge in the opening inning. Blake Jones opened the game with a walk and moved into scoring position after a passed ball. Millwood chased him home with a double to left field to make the score 1-0. Mt. Vernon struck again in the second. Aaren Morgan and Connor Storey set the table, reaching on a pair of Trenton errors. Millwood followed with a single to drive them both home and give Mt. Vernon a 3-2 edge.
Jones made the advantage 4-2 with an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the sixth.
“That was a great job of hitting by Blake Jones going with that pitch and driving in that insurance run,” Borah said.
Brock Fulkerson threw five innings on the mound for Mt. Vernon. He finished with five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. He retired eight straight batters to end his outing and fanned the side in the fourth.
“Brock really settled down,” Borah said. “He really got into a nice rhythm out there and a lot of times that's what good pitchers do. They settle in, and they get into a nice rhythm.”
Jones relieved Fulkerson on the mound and pitched a scoreless sixth before Trenton struck in the seventh. Trenton scored five times in the frame to claimed a 7-4 edge.