CENTRALIA — Mt. Vernon's Post 141 Junior Legion squad swept past Centralia in a doubleheader Friday.
Post 141 claimed the opening game 3-1 before winning 10-5 in the second game.
Mt. Vernon scored early in the opener with all three of its runs in the first inning. Mt. Vernon pounded out four hits and a pair of walks to fuel the offensive rally going.
“We'll take the win,” Mt. Vernon coach Brian McPherson said. “It wasn't pretty. I thought we were not mentally in the (first) game, most of the game. We had good pitching, thank goodness.”
Gage Burroughs, Jake Wylie and Walter Brockhouse all had RBI singles in the first frame to help Mt. Vernon.
After Mt. Vernon's big inning, Centralia scratched a run across in the second to cut the deficit to 3-1. Pitching dominated the final few innings.
Cole Morgan was the winning pitcher for Mt. Vernon. He hurled five innings and finished with five strikeouts. He allowed three hits and three walks.
“He's thrown good for us all year,” McPherson said.
Quinton Kujawa pitched the final two innings for Mt. Vernon and was able to work out of a pair of jams. Kujawa walked a pair of Centralia batters to start the sixth inning. Centralia was able to load the bases, but Kujawa fanned the final batter of the inning. Centralia had two runners in scoring position in the final inning before another strikeout ended the game.
“He's a gamer,” McPherson said. “You put him out there, he's going to give you all he's got.”
Mt. Vernon's offense was held in check for the majority of the matchup after the opening frame. Post 141 had a pair of hits in the seventh but went without any base knocks in the middle frames.
Jeremiah Lyday started the game for Mt. Vernon and threw four innings to qualify for the victory.
Sean Scott pitched the final three innings in relief of Lyday.
Mt. Vernon scored early and broke the game open late with four runs in the sixth.
Post 141 is 8-4 in district action and travels to Carlyle for a doubleheader today.