MT. VERNON — The Rams baseball team scored a pair of late runs to beat Carbondale 6-5 Thursday.
“This a great win against a good ballclub,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “They beat us last year with basically the same team. They're all seniors.”
Carbondale led 5-4, but Mt. Vernon rallied in the fifth to take the lead for good. Thomas Weber started the inning with a solo home run that knotted the game at five.
Jake Pike followed with a double and moved to third after a Brock Fulkerson sacrifice bunt. Pinch hitter Connor Storey dropped down a safety squeeze bunt, and Pike scored the go-ahead run to put the Rams up 6-5.
“There was a lot of times we could have hung our head in that game,” Holloway said. “But our guys kept battling and showed some toughness. That's what it takes in these close games. We had a great safety squeeze from Connor Storey. We had a lot of good defensive plays. We had guys make big pitches.”
Brock Fulkerson pitched six innings for Mt. Vernon and finished with three strikeouts. He also walked a batter.
“With the wind blowing 20 miles per hour straight into his face, it was a tough day for offspeed stuff,” Holloway said. “He struggled to get his offspeed over, and Brock is a guy who has success because he locates a lot of pitches. He really had to battle with basically one or two pitches.”
Thomas Weber pitched the final inning to earn the save. Weber struck out three and walked two in the inning. With one out and one on in the last inning, Weber fell behind the Carbondale batter three balls and no strikes. The senior battled back and earned the strike out.
“Thomas was in a tough spot, but you want your senior in there,” Holloway said.
Mt. Vernon trailed 2-0 after Carbondale batted in the first. The Rams answered with four runs to seize the temporary lead.
Jake Pike and Brock Fulkerson both had RBI in the inning. Darick Hayes put the Rams up 4-2 with a two-run double.
Mt. Vernon is 7-6-1 overall this season and 1-1 in the South Seven Conference.