By Steven Kochersperger.
The Mount Vernon baseball Cats were hoping to put their slow start behind them this week after going 1-2 last weekend in the Terre Haute South Baseball Bash. This past Friday night all signs pointed to the team moving forward as they traveled to Heritage Hills to take on the Patriots. Both team looked evenly matched up but the Wildcats proved to have the pitching needed to overcome, beating Heritage Hills 2-1 to move their overall record to 2-2.
Mount Vernon put junior Cody Mobley on the mound and Mobley seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. Mobley started the contest by walking a Patriot batter in the first inning that eventually scored on a throwing error and passed ball. That made the lead 1-0 in favor of the home Patriots and the score would stay that way until the fourth inning of the game.
Austin Krizan got things going in the top of the fourth inning with a base hit followed by another hit from catcher Craig Beeson. Cody Mobley’s infield hit loaded the bases and outfielder Ryan Goeltz got a hit that plated a run. That’s all the Wildcats would get in the forth as they tied the game up at 1-1.
Mobley continued to mow the patriots down with his great pitching, striking out the side in the fourth sending his Wildcat teammates back to the plate to make some noise.
That’s exactly what they did in the fifth inning as sophomore Bryce Krizan led off with a hit and eventually found himself at second base on a fielder’s choice. Logan Brown doubled in Krizan and the Wildcats took their first lead of the game at 2-1.
Mobley would strike out the side once again in the bottom of the fifth and found himself handing the ball over to fellow pitcher Kris McKinney in the sixth inning with a run one lead. McKinney held his own on the mound and insured that Mount Vernon stayed in front. The Cats played good defense in the sixth and seventh innings leading the team to a 2-1 victory over Heritage Hills Friday night.
Cody Mobley ended his day pitching five full innings and striking out ten batters. That is one impressive statistic in a game that puts a lot of stress and importance on stats.
The Wildcats are now 2-2 on the season and looking to build on that this week when they head to Reitz on Wednesday evening. From there the Cats will look for another win at Gibson Southern on Friday evening before heading home Saturday to play cross county rival North Posey.
In all, the Wildcats are still looking for leadership but are slowly finding leaders emerging. If the pitching continues to have the great work shown this past week and the offense continues to come around, this season will awaken to be one of the fun and great seasons that Mount Vernon has come accustomed to over the past few seasons. Only time will tell with that.
“We are still looking for leadership,” coach Paul Quinzer said. “It will show up and hopefully the guys will continue to take what we are teaching them and use it wisely.”