MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Post 141 Senior Legion team lost to Centralia 6-4 in extra innings Saturday.
Post 141 tied the game with a pair runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. Centralia Post 446 countered with two runs in the ninth to claim the victory.
“I'm very pleased with the way we battled,” Mt. Vernon coach Pierce Borah said. “I told the guys, 'Each time you're challenged like that it's also an opportunity to succeed. Every challenge is an opportunity to be successful.'
“I was pleased with the way they battled. It comes down to execution.”
Kyle Davis pitched a complete game and shut Mt. Vernon down for a final time in the bottom of the ninth. Zach Brookman managed a hit in Post 141's final at-bat, but Davis got Aaren Morgan to pop out to end the game.
“(Davis) did a nice job,” Borah said. “He did a nice job. He keeps the ball down. He doesn't walk a lot of guys.”
Centralia surged to an early lead against Mt. Vernon starter Blake Jones. Post 446 scored twice in the opening inning to claim a 2-0 edge. Davis made the score 3-0 in the third with an RBI bunt.
“(Jones) is a competitor,” Borah said. “He goes out there and maybe didn't have his best stuff.
“He settled down.”
Mt. Vernon edged back into the game after a couple of wild pitches from Davis. Aaren Morgan scored when Davis uncorked a wild throw in the bottom of the third. Darick Hayes came home to score in the fourth and make the deficit 3-2 the following inning.
Centralia padded its lead in the top of the seventh with a run to make the score 4-2.
Mt. Vernon's offense came alive in the bottom of the seventh. Aaren Morgan doubled in a run, and Brock Fulkerson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Morgan and tie the game.
Jones pitched five innings for Mt. Vernon and finished with four strikeouts. Connor Storey and Hayes both threw two innings each.