• Erick Starkey/News Mount Vernon’s Andrew Burke uses both hands to corral a grounder hit his way during practice Wednesday.
  • Erick Starkey/News While on second base, Mount Vernon’s Broden Hughes squeezes his glove tight to make sure he holds onto the catch Wednesday during the All-stars’ practice.

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MOUNT VERNON – The Mount Vernon 12-and-under All-stars Little League baseball team has a tall task starting Saturday, where the team will look to come out on top in a bracket with the 11-best teams in Ohio.

“We’re there to win and we are going to compete,” coach Rich Schuman said.

The All-stars are coming off of a solid week of baseball, where the team won the District 5 Tournament at Phillips Park in Mount Vernon. The squad picked up a first-round win over Cambridge, 8-5, before besting Guernsey County, 8-3. The second win put Mount Vernon in the championship game of the district tournament, where it took on Cambridge again.

The visitors snagged the first game, 10-2, before Mount Vernon rallied in the winner-takes-all game, besting Cambridge 11-0 Friday.

“I think we did great,” player Quentin Rowland said of playing the District 5 Tournament at home. “We will feed off the energy from districts and do great at state, I hope.”

The state tournament is unknown territory for this group of players. They were unable to make it to state as 10 or 11-year-olds over the past two years, but in their final summer of Little League baseball, they have earned their way into the tournament.

 

Erick Starkey: 740-397-5333 or erick@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @MVNStarkey

 

 

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