PATASKALA — Most people would say that Monday’s district semifinal game between the Mount Vernon 12-year-old All-Stars and Lakewood was one of the best baseball games all year.
For now, it doesn’t seem that way to the Mount Vernon players.
The All-Stars mounted a five-run comeback in the fifth to force extra innings, then came just inches away from securing a win and heading to the championship game. Instead, Mount Vernon watched as Lakewood celebrated a 9-8 victory at Pataskala Lions Park.
“The toughness to battle back, and to come back the way we did ... it came down to one run,” said Mount Vernon All-Stars head coach Dan Trace. “We just couldn’t get the breaks. We were hitting the ball right at them.”
Mount Vernon trailed, 7-2, in the bottom of the fifth inning when the team’s bats woke up. The All-Stars batted around in the inning, scoring five times on three hits. Colton Finnell drove in Brandon Grabow and Noah Stephens on a triple to the right-field corner. Finnell then stopped after rounding third, goading the relay man to throw to third. He did, and Finnell reached home easily.
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