UTICA — The Foster’s Pharmacy 12-year-old Mount Vernon All-Stars began pre-season play at the Utica tournament this past weekend. Foster’s won the first four games by a total score of 43-3, run-ruling every game. The team will play for the tournament championship tonight at 8 p.m. against the winner of SW Licking 12/Tri-Valley Dogs.
In the first game on Friday, Foster’s defeated Tri-Valley in four innings, 18-2, with seven runs in each of the first two innings and four in the bottom of the third. Carson Carpenter led the team with three singles and Ashton Fisher doubled and singled. Isaiah Miller singled two times, and A.J. Camillo and Connor Curry doubled once apiece. Colton Finnell, Parker Gregg, Noah Stephens and R.J. Yoakam each drilled one base hit.
On the mound, Curry pitched two innings with five strikeouts, and Miller tossed two innings of four-strikeout relief.
Foster’s won both games played on Saturday, beating SW Licking, 9-1, in Game 1 and Kokosing Valley, 8-0, in the second game. In Game 1, Mount Vernon did not score until the fourth inning, when it tallied three times. A six-run fifth inning closed out the victory. A four-run fourth inning highlighted Game 2, with Gregg’s home run the big hit of the inning. Curry belted a home run in the fifth inning to invoke the run rule for the win.
Brandon Grabow ripped a double and two singles in the first game, and Curry homered and singled. Miller smacked a double and a single, and Yoakam and Stephens each stroked a pair of singles. Carpenter, Camillo and Gregg had one base hit apiece. Camillo worked the first two innings, and Finnell fanned three in two innings. Carpenter pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Curry and Gregg powered home runs in the second game, and Stephens recorded a double. Camillo and Grabow each posted one single. Carpenter struck out five in two innings, and Gregg fanned one in two innings. Grabow worked the final inning.
Sunday found Foster’s facing Lakewood, and neither team had scored through three innings. In the fourth, Fisher, Finnell and Yoakam each scored as part of a three-run inning; and the team scored five times in the fifth to close out the 8-0 win. Finnell pounded a double and a single in the win, and Fisher and Stephens singled twice each. Curry doubled once; and Camillo, Yoakam, Grabow and Miller lashed one base hit apiece. Gregg pitched two innings in the start, and Miller struck out a pair in his two innings. Curry also fanned a pair in his inning of relief.
Foster’s will begin District play on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Pataskala.