MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets had their best performance of the season in every way in Monday’s 10-1 pounding of Mansfield Madison.
Mount Vernon, playing its home opener in temperatures about 30 degrees cooler than the previous week’s practices, left the Rams feeling cold at the plate. The pitching tandem of Eric Ashbrook and Kory Shackle combined to allow just one run on three hits while striking out seven.
“They threw a lot of strikes,” said Mount Vernon head coach Matt Smith. “We’ve been stressing command of the ball, and Eric really came through. He has a nice breaking ball. Then Kory came in and worked quickly, and threw a ton of strikes.”
Ashbrook, who was recently rated the No. 16 junior in the state of Ohio by Prep Baseball Report, showed his stuff on both sides of the game. On the mound, he earned the win while striking out five batters in five innings and walking three. At the plate, he went 3-for-4, knocking in two runs including what turned out to be the game winner in the second.
Shackle came in to pitch the final two innings, striking out two without allowing a base runner.
Offensively, the Jackets (1-2) scored in each of the first five innings, connecting on 15 hits throughout the game. All nine players on the starting lineup either got a hit or drove in a run.
“We swung the bat well in the whole batting order, 1 through 9,” said Smith. “We even had (Steven Shannon and Nate Bolander) contribute off the bench.