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Jackets win Ohio Cardinal Conference Outright with win over Quakers

Just one day prior the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets dominated New Philadelphia to win a share of the OCC but Wednesday Night was nailbiter that saw clutch pitching and clutch hits be the name of the game in a 2-1 Mount Vernon win.

Kayden Packard pitched for the Jackets, who have now won 16 straight and are 19-3 on the season. He allowed a single to Braylon McBride to open the game that skipped over Ethan Yost head at third but a quick 6-4-3 double play and pop out to second ended the top of the frame. Konnor Daughriety got a one out single and the Jackets got a runner when Packard was hit by a pitch and Jonny Askew drew an impressive long pitch at bat to load the bases but while Isiah Columber hit Ezra Kurek was picked off at third to end the inning.

In the second the Quakers got a two out single but otherwise went quietly. The Jackets went 1-2-3 in the second.

In the third a leadoff single for the Quakers Caleb Crowthers looked like a start to a promising inning for the Quakers (13-6, 10-4) but Braylon McBride lined into a double play to Daughriety at short. The Jackets got on the board in the third Clow struck out to begin the frame but a walk and stolen base by Daughriety was followed by an RBI single by Kurek to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead heading to the 4th.

In the 4th Mason Caterina led off the inning with a single but a strike out and back to back ground outs to Packard held the Quakers at bay. In the bottom of the inning the Jackets got a lead off single from Askew and Columber followed with a single. Caden Theibert laid down a sacrifice bunt ad Jagger Dohn hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Askew but also retired Columber on the same play but the Jackets took a 2-0 lead. The Quakers went 1-2-3 in the fifth as did the Jackets.

In the 6th the Quakers first two hitters were retired but a two out single but Caterina put a man on. Owen Courtney, the Quakers starting pitcher then came to the plate and hit a ball toward Columber in left and he dived and couldn’t make the catch, the ball was backed up by Askew but a run came in. The Jackets got a runner to third in the 6th but didn’t score.

In the 7th the Quakers got a one out single and a passed ball moved the runner to second but a strike out of Mac Steele, who put up a tremendous at bat ended the game. The Jackets improved to 19-3 and 12-2 OCC and outright conference champs.

Mount Vernon finished with 2 runs on 5 hits unofficially. They’ll play Heath, the number one seed in the Division District Tournament on Saturday in non conference play.

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