MT. VERNON – The Rams held off a comeback-minded Cahokia squad and won 7-4 Tuesday.
“(Cahokia) did a good job taking advantage of their opportunities,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said.
The game was called after the top of the sixth inning because of darkness.
“It's (the umpire's) call,” Holloway said. “It doesn't matter what I think or what the other coach thinks. The umpires are in charge and felt like he was having a hard time seeing the ball.”
Cahokia was in the process of chipping away at a Mt. Vernon lead prior to the ruling.
“I'm sure they did want to keep it going,” Holloway said. “They did a nice job. They swung the bats well. We walked a few today, and they gave us a good game.”
Mt. Vernon's offense rallied after an opening inning run from the Comanches. The Rams struck for six runs in the first two innings.
“You're going to have to do that to be successful, and that's a big part of our approach,” Holloway said. “They score first. You can't get down. You have to stay with the process and get the job done.”
Trevor Flota and Sawyer Harrison both had RBI hits in the opening inning as the Rams claimed a 4-1 edge.
Landon Thomas helped tack on a pair of Rams runs in the second. The senior center fielder rocked a triple to right that scored a run. He came in to score on a fielder's choice.
Cahokia battled back into the game. The Comanches pushed a run across in both the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap to 6-3.
Mt. Vernon stretched its lead to 7-3 when Matthew Williams scored on a wild pitch. Again the Comanches made the game close. Brandon Scalf chopped a ground ball on the infield that plated a run.