MT. VERNON — Aviston topped Post 141 3-1 in Senior Legion action Tuesday.
Aviston scratched a pair of runs across the plate in the top of the fifth inning to seize a 2-0 edge.
Mt. Vernon started Darick Hayes, and he held the Express hitless until the fifth.
“Darick had a really good outing,” Mt. Vernon coach Pierce Borah said. “I was pleased from what I saw. He kept the ball down, threw strikes and let his defense work.”
Mt. Vernon briefly battled back into the game in the sixth. Hayes knocked an RBI single to center field to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. Reed Millwood, who scored, started the rally with a single to lead off the frame.
Aviston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when a passed ball plated a third run for the Express.
Mt. Vernon's offense knocked out eight hits in the game. Some of the best scoring chances came early.
Blake Jones opened the game with a single and moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Reed Millwood. He was stranded after Ryan Campbell fanned, and Jake Pike ended the inning with a pop out.
Mt. Vernon looked to have the bases loaded in the second inning after Connor Storey reached on an infield single with two outs. But Hayes took a big turn at third and was thrown out trying to dive back.
“We had runners in scoring position,” Borah said. “We had chances. We just left too many guys on base. We hit some balls hard in those situations, but they made plays. The whole game they made plays.”
Braden Smith opened the fifth inning with a leadoff single, but he was picked off first base. Smith also started the final inning with a hit. This time he knocked a double but was stranded.
“Braden had a good game today, I thought,” Borah said. “He came in did a nice job I thought on the mound for us. Offensively, he battled and hustled that double out there the last inning.”
Mt. Vernon is 4-6 this season.