By PAUL HINES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — 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.
Mt. Vernon used a trio of pitchers in the game. Trevor Flota, the winning pitcher, started and threw four innings He finished with six strikeouts and allowed four hits.
Tyler Morgan and Thomas Weber both threw an inning each for the Rams. Weber pitched his way out of a key bases loaded jam in the sixth while allowing just a single run.
“We would have loved to get through with one guy on the mound, but you just have to adjust to the game. And we were able to,” Holloway said.
Mt. Vernon is 18-5 overall this season and 4-1 in the South Seven Conference. The Rams have won eight straight games and travel to Herrin today.
“I think we're getting better, as the season goes along, which is what we have to do,” Holloway said. “We want to be playing our best baseball come May.”