MT. VERNON – The Rams baseball team swept past Effingham St. Anthony in a Saturday doubleheader.
The Rams won the opener 6-5 on a walk-off infield single from Matthew Williams. Mt. Vernon pounded out 14 hits in the second game to win 12-4.
“We had good pitching, good hitting, good defense and got good results,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “We really had to battle in the first game, got down a couple times, but we were able to overcome that.”
Jake Pike finished the day with five hits and three RBI to lead the Rams offense. Matthew Williams added five hits and two RBI. Colten Meador had four hits and two RBI.
Tyler Ellis came on to relieve starter Trevor Flota and was the winning pitcher in the opener. Landon Thomas threw four and a third innings as the winning pitcher in the second matchup.
Both Williams and Ellis contributed after missing recent games because of sickness and injury. Ellis has appeared to pinch run, but Saturday marked his return to the mound.
“I thought Tyler looked good,” Holloway said. “He came in in a tough spot, and he’s had three good bullpens the last week and a half.
“(Five) hits on the day, (Matt) had some big plays at short. I think he’s doing just fine.”
Both team scored early in the opener before a flurry of late runs.
The game was locked 1-1 before the Rams edged ahead in the fifth on a Hayden Poninski sacrifice fly that scored a run and pushed Mt. Vernon into a 2-1 lead. St. Anthony tied the game in the next half inning before the Rams struck again.
This time Trevor Flota boomed a triple to the deepest part of center field. Williams plated another run with a single to give the Rams a 4-2 cushion.
The lead disappeared immediately. This time the Bulldogs scored a trio of runs in the top of the seventh to go up 5-4.
Mt. Vernon continued the back-and-forth action in its final at-bat.
Meador knotted the game again with a single. Then with the bases jammed, Williams blooped a ball to the right side of the infield just out ofSt. Anthony’s reach. Williams beat the throw, and Collin Young scored the winning run.
In the second game, the Rams roared to an 8-0 lead after two innings. Pike had an RBI triple, and Poninski added a two-run single to help Mt. Vernon build its advantage.
“Our guys hit the ball pretty hard, but I think the pressure early got us off to a good start and it kept rolling,” Holloway said.
Thomas gave up a run in the fourth inning, but worked out of a crucial bases-loaded jam after a pair of walks in the inning to keep the Bulldogs from rallying.
Mt. Vernon improved to 14-5 this season and host Centralia in a South Seven Conference matchup Tuesday.