PATASKALA — The Mount Vernon 12-year-old All-Stars took a brief lead in Sunday’s opening-round district tournament game against Cambridge. However, the lead evaporated quickly, and Cambridge’s pitching did the rest as Mount Vernon suffered a 12-5 defeat in Pataskala.
Mount Vernon managed just three hits for the game, two of which came in a five-run third inning. Ashton Fisher, Colton Finnell and Connor Curry reached base on two errors and a walk, respectively, then Carson Carpenter sent a line drive to center, scoring two. Later, RJ Yocum had a two-RBI single to center.
The rally gave Mount Vernon a tenuous 5-4 lead. But in the fourth, Cambridge scored two runs on two hits to take back the lead. Then in the fifth, Cambridge put up six runs to put the game away.
Cambridge totaled five home runs on the night. The team hit a two-run blast in the first, two solo shots in the third and two more in the fifth.
Curry started the game on the mound for Mount Vernon and took the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) with eight strikeouts. Finnell and Tyler Wyatt pitched the fifth inning, and Isaiah Miller forced three groundouts in the sixth.
Mount Vernon drops to the losers’ bracket in the double-elimination tournament. The team will face the Southwest Licking All-Stars today at 5:30 in Pataskala. Southwest Licking lost to Lakewood over the weekend.