The Yellow Jackets came out scoring …
Mount Vernon after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, responded with 6 unanswered runs to take a 6-2 lead after four innings en route to an 8-3 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory over the Golden Eagles on Wednesday, April 23, at Mount Vernon.
Big Walnut (7-6, 3-4 OCC) had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to Matt Tarney’s 2-run double which plated both Nick Moser and Brayden Shepherd. The Golden Eagles added a run in the fifth before the Yellow Jackets out the game away with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Golden Eagles managed just 5 hits in the contest. Tarney was 1-for-3 with a double and 2 runs batted in. He was also hit by a pitch. Shepherd drew two bases on balls and scored a pair of runs in four trips to the plate. Moser, who was 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base, joined Jeremy Bok, Kyle Duncan and Chad Little with singles.
Garrett Grover started on the mound for Big Walnut, giving up 7 runs, 5 earned, on 6 hits and a hit batsman. He struck out one. Bok came on in relief in the fifth, allowing an unearned run on 1 hit while striking out a pair in 2 1/3 innings. The Golden Eagles committed 5 errors in the field.
MOUNT VERNON 10, BIG WALNUT 8 — The Yellow Jackets rallied for 6 runs in the top of the eighth inning to deal the host Golden Eagles an Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division setback last Friday in Sunbury.
With the score deadlocked at 4-4 after 7 innings, Mount Vernon (11-2) erupted for 6 runs in the top of the eighth to take a 10-4 a lead and then hung on in the bottom of the inning, surviving a Golden Eagle 4-run rally that fell 2 runs short of send in the contest into the ninth inning.
Big Walnut led 4-2 after 7 before the Yellow Jackets pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to know the game at 4-4.
Big Walnut (7-7, 3-5 OCC) was outhit by the Yellow Jackets 13-11 while committing 6 errors in the field which led to 5 unearned Mount Vernon runs. All 11 Golden Eagle hits were singles.
Kyle Duncan led Big Walnut at the plate with 3 hits and 3 runs batted in in four trips. Three Golden Eagles had two hits apiece, including Brayden Shepherd, 2-for-4 with 2 runs and an RBI; Grover Garrett, 2-for-5 with an RBI; and Chad Little 2-for-3. Matt Tarney was 1-for-5 with 2 runs scored. Nick Moser, who drew a walk and was hit by a pitch, added a stolen base and crossed home plate twice runs.
Duncan made the mound start for Big Walnut, working 7 1/3 innings and giving up 6 runs, 5 earned, on 11 hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He struck out a pair of Yellow Jackets.
BIG WALNUT 6, BUCKEYE VALLEY 5 — The Golden Eagles and Barons split a non-conference twinbill Saturday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Big Walnut (8-7) broke a 5-5 deadlock with a run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Buckeye Valley (8-11) in the first game. The Golden Eagles had rallied from a 5-1 deficit with a 4-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to tie the contest.
Matt Tarney led Big Walnut at the plate reaching base four times in four trips with 2 singles, a walk and being hit by a pitch. He recorded a stolen base and scored a run.
Four Golden Eagles collected a hit apiece. Brayden Shepherd was 1-for-3 with 2 runs, a walk and an RBI, Jeremy Bok was 1-for-2 with 1 run, 2 walks and an RBI, Nick Moser was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Kyle Duncan was 1-for-4 with a run batted in, and Michael Blackburn was 1-for-2 with a run.
Brandon Daniels, who came on in the sixth relief of starter Brayden Shepherd, worked the final two innings to pick up the win. He retired all six batters he faced on 23 pitches. In his five innings, Shepherd allowed 5 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits. He hit one and struck out one.
BUCKEYE VALLEY 10, BIG WALNUT 8 — The Barons jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held on for a 2-run victory in the second game of last Saturday’s non-league doubleheader with the Golden Eagles at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Jakob Evans, 2-for-2 with a double and 2 runs batted in; Brayden Shepherd, 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI; and Chad Little, 2-for-4 with a run and a run batted in, paced Big Walnut’s 10-hit attack Nick Moser was 1-for-3 with 2 runs, two bases on balls and 3 stolen bases.
The Golden Eagles answered BV’s 4-run outburst in the bottom of fifth to close the gap to 8-6. Both teams pushed across solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Tommy Fleser started for Big Walnut, working 6 innings and allowing 9 runs, 2 earned thanks to 6 Golden Eagle errors, on 7 hits in taking the loss. Fleser struck out 6. Brandon Daniels worked the seventh, giving up an earned run on three singles.