CAMBRIDGE — The Mount Vernon Black 10-and-Under All-Stars had only two hits Thursday in the Ohio District 5 Little League tournament in Cambridge. Cambridge, meanwhile, battered Mount Vernon pitching to the tune of 10 runs, sending Mount Vernon to the consolation bracket with a 10-0 decision.
Mount Vernon had trouble getting any scoring chances, as Cambridge pitching made nine outs via the strikeout. The All-Stars’ best opportunity was in the top of the first, as two straight one-out walks to Caleb Youngman and Lane Severns put Youngman in scoring position.
An out at second base removed Youngman from the bases, just in time to cost Luke Mullins, who drilled a single in his at-bat. Jacob Morrison then struck out to end the threat.
The All-Stars surrendered two walks to start Cambridge’s first inning, and two straight singles accounted for three runs. Although Mount Vernon struck out the final three batters, Cambridge held the lead, 3-0.
The All-Stars’ Coen Armstrong led off the second inning with a walk, but he was erased on a caught stealing. Cambridge then fanned the final two batters to keep the inning scoreless. Cambridge walked four times in its first six appearances at the plate in its half of the frame, and two clutch hits, a double and a single, gave Cambridge a 7-0 edge.
Cambridge added two more runs on two singles and a double in the third inning to go up, 9-0. In the fourth, Mount Vernon had a one-out base hit by Mullins, his second of the game, but Cambridge struck out the side to keep the All-Stars scoreless.
Cambridge put away the game with a single run in the fourth. A double put the game-ending run on second, and three batters later a bases-loaded walk closed the game via the run rule.
Mullins was the only player with a hit for Mount Vernon with two singles, and the team added three bases on balls.
The All-Stars issued seven walks in the contest, and Cambridge smacked seven hits.
Mount Vernon now moves into the consolation finals against the winner of Thursday’s game between Guernsey County Pink and Guernsey County Green. The All-Stars will take the field this evening at 6 p.m., with a berth to the championship game on the line.
Mount Vernon Black is familiar with Guernsey County Green, besting it 16-12 in Wednesday’s game, but has not faced Guernsey County Pink.