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  • Yellow Jackets come up short

  • May 28, 2010 · 10:22 am

DUBLIN — Already the winningest team in school history, the Mount Vernon baseball team hoped to add to its lore in the Division I Regional Semifinals on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, it was a day the Yellow Jackets would like to forget.

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Mount Vernon senior Justin Edwards reaches to make contact with the baseball as New Albany catcher Christian Teeple looks on during Thursday’s Division I Regional Semifinal at Dublin Coffman High School. The Jackets fell to the Eagles, 4-2. Mount Vernon designated hitter Derek Baker drives a single in the top of the first inning on Thursday against New Albany in the Division I Regional Semifinal at Dublin Coffman High School. The Yellow Jackets lost the game, 4-2. Mount Vernon head coach Doug Savage waves Robert Kane around third on his way to home in the top of the first inning Thursday against New Albany. Kane scored the first run, but the Jackets fell, 4-2. Mount Vernon’s Russell Doup dives back into first base as New Albany’s Michael VanStraten fields the ball during the Division I Regional Semifinal, held Thursday at Dublin Coffman High School. Doup was safe on the play. Mount Vernon relief pitcher Robert Kane delivers a pitch in the fourth inning of Thursday’s Division I Regional Semifinal against New Albany at Dublin Coffman High School. The Mount Vernon High School baseball team gets in one last huddle prior to the start of the Division I Regional Semifinal game against New Albany on Thursday at Dublin Coffman High School. Mount Vernon junior Ben Hoar hits a ground ball during an at-bat off New Albany starter Wynston McMartin on Thursday. McMartin pitched the Eagles to a 4-2 Regional Semifinal victory.

Facing Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division rival New Albany at Dublin Coffman High School, Mount Vernon jumped ahead first and then watched New Albany take control. A seventh-inning rally fell short as the Jackets lost, 4-2.

“We had people in scoring position a few times, but we couldn’t come up with that clutch hit,” said Mount Vernon coach Doug Savage. “We had the tying run at second base to end the game; that typifies this team. We were fighting in the last inning and got within two runs; a lot of teams would have gone three up, three down. We didn’t, and with one swing of the bat, we could have tied the game up. It just wasn’t to be today, it wasn’t to be.”

Mount Vernon scored first, taking a 1-0 lead with three straight singles in the top of the first inning. Robert Kane hit a one-out single off New Albany (20-12) starter Wynston McMartin, and Derek Baker followed with a single of his own. Kane then scored from second on an RBI single by Justin Edwards to make it a 1-0 game. McMartin got out of the inning with a fielder’s choice and a groundout.

The lead was short-lived, though, as the Eagles quickly went to work. Dan Britton led off with a single, and after a sacrifice bunt and a flyout, Britton came home after an error by pitcher Russell Doup to even the score at 1.

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