#3 MVNU outlasts #6 HU in opening round of tourney
Dickerson's grand slams in the 14th lifts Cougars past Foresters 6-2
MARION, Ind. - It was a two-for-one deal at the Crossroads League Baseball Tournament for the Mount Vernon and Huntington fans as Wednesday’s opening round between these two teams took seven extra innings, another entire game, to decide the outcome with 3rd-seeded MVNU outlasting 6th-seeded HU 6-2.
Mount Vernon’s Jake Dickerson brought an end to the marathon with a grand slam over the left field fence in the top of the 14th to give his team a four-run cushion that they were able to ride out for the win.
With this win, the Cougars advance to take on No. 2 Spring Arbor tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. while the Foresters (11-24) drop into the loser’s bracket to face No. 7 Bethel later today.
Each team tapped into three pitchers with Brian Kirschbaum taking the loss for HU. He tossed the final six innings and gave up seven hits, five runs and three walks while striking out five. Starting pitcher Xyan Adkisson tossed the first eight innings and gave up a mere five hits, one run and two walks while striking out two in the no decision.
Adam Christner pounded out two doubles on his way to four hits and an RBI. Jordan Klopfenstein added two hits and drew two walks while Brock Gower also finished with two hits in addition to knocking in a run.
The Foresters registered ten hits in the contest, four of which were scattered throughout HU’s first six innings of scoreless ball. Trailing 1-0, HU finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh with Klopfenstein serving as the catalyst. After drawing a walk, stealing second and advancing to third on Jamon Hammel’s base hit bunt, he came around to score on Gower’s single up the middle to knot things up at 1-1.
Things remained deadlocked until the 10th when the Cougars posted a run in the top of the frame but the Foresters weren’t ready to call it quits just yet. Christner doubled in a run, his 18th RBI of the season, in HU’s half of the inning to extend the game a few more innings.
Four innings later, Dickerson’s blast catapulted the Cougars into the next round and sent the upset-minded Foresters into the consolation bracket.