MT. VERNON —
Althoff pounded out big early offense and beat the Rams 8-2 Thursday.
“The difference in the game was Althoff at the plate,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “They were better than us at the plate. We struck out seven times, and they got the two-out hit and we didn't. It made for a frustrating day.”
Althoff jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Starting pitcher Tyler Morgan was removed after four innings for relief pitcher Blake Jones. The sophomore entered the game with runners on first and second and no outs. He worked out of the jam while allowing Althoff's fifth run.
“They jumped on us early, and we are a team against good pitching that struggles to score a lot of runs at times,” Holloway said.
Mt. Vernon's offense was limited in the game. The leadoff hitter in each inning rarely reached and most of the Rams hits came with two outs.
“It's tough to get a whole lot going when you get a guy on first with two outs,” Holloway said. “You just hope to string some together.”
The Rams pushed across a run in the fifth. Ryan Campbell reached on an infield hit. He moved to second after a one-out walk to Thomas Weber. He raced home after an Althoff throwing error on a grounder. The run cut the deficit to 5-1.
Althoff tacked on three late runs to move its lead to 8-1 before the Rams scored their final at-bat. Weber cranked a double that one hopped the left-center field fence. Pinch runner Sam Storment went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch.
Blake Jones finished the game with a pair of hits for the Rams, including a triple. Weber and Darick Hayes both had a hit and a walk each in the game.
Mt. Vernon is 12-10-1 overall and 3-3 in South Seven Conference action.