SALEM — Mount Carmel scored first but could not hold on as Olney scored four times in the fourth inning en route to a 5-3 victory over Mount Carmel in District 1 Little League 12-year old baseball action in Salem.
Both teams combined for eight hits with each side collecting four hits in the game. Mount Carmel left six runners on base while Olney stranded four.
Preston Will started for Mount Carmel and suffered the loss. Olney threw four pitchers with Brayden Brown picking up the victory as the team’s third pitcher on the day. Derrick Steele pitched the sixth for the save.
“[Will] pitched really good the first three innings then started running out of gas there in the forth,” said Mount Carmel coach Damon Banks. “I brought Dakota Mounts in, and he did a good job. We had one error tonight, but other than that our defense played pretty good.”
Mount Carmel scored twice in the second inning. Will reached on a one-out walk and moved from first to third on a double off the bat of Jesse Hinderliter.
Zeke Swanson then hit a sacrifice fly to score Will before Asher Kight singled to score Hinderliter to put Mount Carmel on top, 2-0.
Olney cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the third inning. Landon Weck doubled to open the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a wild pitch.
In the third inning, Mount Carmel added another run to extend its lead to 3-1. Drew Gillihan was hit by the pitch and moved to second and third on different passed balls before scoring on a ground ball out from Dakota Mounts.
From there, Olney managed to score four times to take a 5-3 lead. The inning started off with a walk to Kaden Sanders then Jacob Slichenmyer reached on a ground rule double to put runners at second and third base with nobody outs.
Jalen Bryan walked to load the bases, which was the last hitter Will faced before Mounts entered to face Derrick Steele, who he struck out.
“The first two pitchers [Olney] put out there were very hittable,” said Banks. “We didn’t take real good cuts against them. There were several boys that got hits, but we were silent on the bats tonight.”
During the at-bat by Steele, Sanders scored on a wild pitch then Slichenmyer managed to score on a double steal attempt when Bryan was gunned down trying to take second base.
Continuing, Weck singled and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring the tying run off a single from Ayden Cothern.
Cothern moved to second on the throw home trying to cut down Weck before moving over on a throwing error when the ball got past the catcher.
Mount Carmel went down in order in the fourth but had two runners on base in the fifth, but Brown struck out three batters to keep Mount Carmel from scoring.
Finally, Mount Carmel went down in order in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.
“They brought in two of their better pitchers in the end,” said Banks. “Several of them battled with them but just came out on the short end of the stick against them tonight.”
Asher Kight was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Gillihan was 1-for-2 with a run scored while Mounts was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Swanson finished with an RBI.
For Olney, Weck led the way going 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Cothern was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
• The Mount Carmel 11-year old team won a wild affair Monday against Robinson, 25-24.
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