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Cats run-rule Titans

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By Jamie Grabert

Mount Vernon split the last week. The Cats fell to Reitz Thursday night, but bounced back to run-rule Gibson Southern Friday night.


Reitz

Thursday’s game against Evansville Reitz was a heartbreaker for Wildcats, as they lost the lead late in a 14-7 defeat.
Wildcats took an early lead in the first inning. Walker Paris singled on a 1-1 count in the first inning, scoring two runs.

In the top of the fourth inning, Evansville Reitz tied things up at six. A wild pitch by Martin Seifert scored one run for Evansville Reitz. The game was tied at six with Evansville Reitz batting in the top of the fifth when a Reitz batter grounded out, scoring one run.

Wildcats collected five hits and Evansville Reitz had 14.

DeWeese earned the win for Evansville Reitz. He threw two and a third innings, giving up zero runs, zero hits, and striking out four. Nathan Burke took the loss for Wildcats. He tossed one inning, giving up five runs, three hits, and walking one.

Tanner Curtis started the game for Wildcats. He went three innings, surrendering three runs, five hits, and striking out three. Paulin started the game for Evansville Reitz. He tossed four and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs, five hits, and striking out four.

Home runs for Evansville Reitz came when Dunham homered in the third inning and Hancock homered in the fourth and fifth innings.

Paris and Curtis each drove in two runs to lead Wildcats.


Gibson Southern

Friday night the Wildcats hosted Gibson Southern. Mount Vernon rattled off 10 runs in five innings to invoke the Mercy Rule and give then the 10-0 victory.

Walker Paris went 2-3, scoring at in the park home run in the third inning to spark a rally. Austin Brakie and Bryce Wilson each went 1-2 on the day. Nathan Fischer was 1-3.

Tanner Curtis knocked in two RBIs. Mitchell Veeck, Hunter Murphy, Brakie and Bryan Hensley each had one RBI. Senior Hunter VanZant drove in the final run of the game with a double.

Defensively, Brakie led the team with five putouts. Hensley had four. Fischer added two. Veeck, Andrew Weis, Wilson and VanZant each posted one putout.


Upcoming

The baseball team returns home to host Princeton in Big Eight action on April 25, at 5:30 p.m.