MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets pitcher Shawn Maxwell scattered nine hits and struck out four, while yielding only one walk over seven innings as the Jackets (7-4, 5-2 OCC) downed the visiting Hilliard Bradley Jaguars, 8-4, in Ohio Capital Conference baseball action on Monday evening.
Maxwell was good when he needed to be, right from the opening inning. After loading the bases with one out, the Jaguars (6-7, 4-3) could do nothing as Maxwell stuck out the final batter of the inning.
“I was just trying to keep the ball low and make sure that they didn’t get any hard hits,” said Maxwell. “Our defense worked and everything went well.”
Meanwhile, spurred by first baseman Ben Hoar, who drove in three runs, the Jackets put on one of their better offensive shows of the season.
Jackets’ shortstop Riley Swanson (2-for-3, two runs and one RBI) doubled to get things going. Swanson scored on a single to right by leftfielder Ethan Abell (1-for-2, two RBI). Hoar reached on an error to put runners at first and second. Jackets catcher Ryan Goetzman (2-for-4, two RBI) smacked a single to right to score Abell and give Mount Vernon a 2-0 lead.