MV back in district finals after win over Hayes
LEWIS CENTER — The 15th seeded Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets softball team held off a late rally by their old rival, the fifth seeded Delaware Hayes Pacers, defeating them 8-3 in their OHSAA Division I district semifinal matchup at Olentangy High School on Monday.
Mount Vernon pitcher Macee Marcum (7 IP, eight hits, three Ks, no BBs) and the Jackets’ defense kept the Pacers off the board, allowing only three hits over the first five innings. In the meantime, the Jackets got a run in the first when Hope Straight was hit by a pitch from Delaware starting pitcher Haley Osborne (7 IP 14 hits, eight Ks, no BBs). Straight, later, scored on a fielder’s choice.
Mount Vernon held on to that 1-0 margin going into the top of the fourth. That was when the Jackets’ hitters started to figure out the hard-throwing Osborne. Marcum (1-for-3) singled and scored on an RBI double by teammate Annie Neipling (2-for-2, two runs and an RBI). Megan Pentz followed with an infield hit. Neipling scored from third when Pentz allowed herself to get into a rundown between first and second. Neipling dashed home during the confusion.