Jackets edge Mt. Vernon
Mineola and Mt. Vernon combined for one of the best baseball games of the season last Tuesday. The home side Yellowjackets prevailed 8-7 under especially windy and cold conditions.
Jackets edge Mt. Vernon
Mineola and Mt. Vernon combined for one of the best baseball games of the season last Tuesday. The home side Yellowjackets prevailed 8-7 under especially windy and cold conditions. Judging from the quality of baseball played, however, the teams were totally focused on the prize, and the few fans braving the conditions were treated to some fine baseball.
The Tigers came out fast, putting up two runs in the first and second innings. Taking advantage of free passes and timely hitting with runners in scoring position gave them a 4-0 lead.
Fortunes for the home team turned in the third inning. After setting Mt. Vernon down in order, the Jackets put together a strong run in the bottom half. Singles by Jack Heard and Coy Anderson started the rally. RBI-producing hits by Riley Fowler, Spencer Joyner and Conner Gibson generated the runs. Mineola took a 5-4 lead at the end of three.
Mt. Vernon tied the game in the fifth by playing small ball. A base-on-balls, a sacrifice bunt and a Yellowjacket fielding error knotted the score at 5-5.
The Yellowjackets geared up for another push. They churned out three runs in the fourth when Caleb Gant and Braydon Alley smashed back-to-back doubles. Alley’s hit, which proved to be the game-winner, was absolutely crushed and would have been a round-tripper had it not been for the gale force winds blowing in from left field. Alley’s hit was a scorching line drive about 370 feet into center.
Both teams went down in order in the fifth. The Tigers added two runs in the sixth to close the score. Mineola held on to record a huge win for the 2021 campaign.
Spencer Joyner threw a strong game. He went 6 and 1/3 innings, gave up nine hits, five free passes and struck out three.
Mineola 9 Chapel Hill 4
Mineola scorched Chapel Hill for eight runs in the top of the seventh to post a 9-4 district baseball victory Monday, a game that was rained out Friday.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, the Yellowjackets were blanked until the last inning.
Chapel Hill put up two runs each in the second and fifth to grab the lead 4-1.
Cason Davis worked through two outs in the fifth and was relieved by Kaden Bell. Bell fanned three and Davis two.
Caleb Gant had three of Mineola’s 13 hits and Riley Fowler two. Chapel Hill also had 13 hits and each team committed one error.
Gant, Davis and Fowler each drove in two runs. Fowler also drew two walks as did Braydon Alley.