MOUNT VERNON — After a rocky first game against Cambridge on Friday night, the Mount Vernon 12-and-under Little League All-Stars turned things around in the winner-takes-all championship game, sealing the win 11-0 to earn a spot at state.
“There was a little concern after Game 1, but that wasn’t our best effort,” manager Rich Schuman said. “I’m proud of the kids for bouncing back in Game 2 and handling the adversity.”
The Jackets started the second game strong, recording three-straight outs to open the contest, before exploding in the bottom of the frame. The team notched eight runs in the frame on four hits and four walks. Leadoff hitter Andrew Burke scored twice in the frame.
“Andrew has done a great job this whole tournament of getting on base,” Schuman said. “He’s such a tremendous baserunner. You just know that if Andrew gets on, you have a great chance of scoring early.”
Following the first inning explosion, Mount Vernon went back to business on the defensive end, allowing only one baserunner in the second. Both teams were blanked in the frame. In the third, Cambridge went down 1-2-3, with two of those outs coming by strikeout from Camden Stitt, who pitched all four scoreless innings for the Jackets.