MCLEANSBORO -- Looking to exceed the .500 mark, Mount Carmel's baseball team traveled to McLeansboro to face Gallatin County and Hamilton County in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
They were two tight ballgames, but Mount Carmel lost the first one 9-8 to Gallatin after an Aces rally attempt fell short, and won the second game with a three-run seventh inning rally to win the game 8-7.
Both games were a great day for hitters, as all teams hit exceptionally well.
In game one that hitting display was evident early, when Mount Carmel scored four runs in the first inning to take a 4-1 lead over Gallatin. The Hawks rallied back with a five-run third inning, retaking the lead at 6-4 following the big inning.
The two teams traded blows in the fourth, each scoring two runs, while Gallatin tacked on a run in the fifth to take a 9-6 lead. In desperate need of a rally, Mount Carmel's bats were invigorated at the plate in the sixth inning, plating two runs to reduce the deficit to 9-8.
That rally fell short in the seventh inning, as both teams went scoreless in the final inning to end the game. Sophomore Kaleb Applebey led the Aces with his four RBI day, while junior Aden Gill posted three hits. Mount Carmel pitcher Ashton Walker threw four innings for the Aces.
Needing to regain some momentum with a bounceback victory, Mount Carmel had their eyes set on a victory over Hamilton County. All didn't seem as certain early on, though.
Hamilton County scored seven runs in the first three innings of action and took a 7-3 lead over the Aces.
Mount Carmel would shutout the Foxes the remainder of the game and scored five runs to edge Hamilton County with the one-run comeback victory.
Aces junior Connor Lane drove in three RBIs for the Aces, followed by senior Bret Doan's three-hit, two RBI day. Applebey and sophomore Rayce Loudermilk threw a combined 4 2-3 innings with five strikeouts.
Mount Carmel (5-5) will face a three-game road stretch this week, beginning Tuesday against Robinson at 5 p.m. They'll also play at Lawrenceville and Gibson Southern, at 4:30 and 5 p.m. respectively.