MOUNT VERNON — A team that’s spent the past two weeks making great strides forward took a big leap back Thursday.
The Mount Vernon softball team gave up 14 runs in just three innings to fall at home to the rival Delaware Hayes Pacers, 14-0, in a run rule shortened game.
The game was a true measuring stick to see how far the Jackets had come. Delaware Hayes is unbeaten in Ohio Capital Conference play, despite starting four freshmen. Mount Vernon has been winning tight games lately, trying to keep momentum going until the tournament begins.
The Jackets were in trouble from the beginning, though it looked at first like fortune may had been on their side. In the first and second innings, the Pacers managed to load the bases. However, both times they failed to score.
An error on the throw to first allowed the leadoff hitter on base. After two more batters walked, Hayes had the bases loaded with two outs. However, Mount Vernon pitcher Brittany Roden got Hayes’ Cindy Bowman to fly out.