Mount Vernon Mustangs cruise to run-rule victory over Redfield Dairy Queen in amateur tournament first round
The Mustangs put up multiple runs in three of four innings to start, setting the tone for a seven-inning win over Redfield DQ.
MITCHELL — It was precisely the tournament start many teams look for, but not too many find, for the Mount Vernon Mustangs.
Behind an opening salvo that included scoring multiple runs in three of the first four innings, the Mustangs raced away from Redfield Dairy Queen to a 10-0 seven-inning victory to start Day 2 at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament.
A leadoff triple by Spencer Neugebauer set the tone in the first inning, and he was driven in almost immediately. Later in the inning, Deric Denning mashed a two-run home run over the 374-foot sign in left-center field.
In the second, the Mustangs loaded the bases with no outs, forcing a Redfield pitching change. But that didn’t prevent Mount Vernon from emptying those bases to double the advantage.
After an empty third frame, Neugebauer recorded his second RBI sacrifice fly to score Larson to start the fourth. Mount Vernon aaded an eighth run with two outs when Briggs Havlik singled to push Cameron Deinert across.
“When you put the ball in play, good things happen,” Neugebauer said. “We’ve had our struggles lately with not hitting the ball, but that’s been our focus.”
With the game already well under control, the Mustangs added one run in the fifth inning and another in the sixth. Redfield loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but a two-out strikeout ended the largest threat of the afternoon.
Bradley Dean got the start on the mound, where he began the day with four scoreless innings before being relieved by Kade Bialas, who carried on with two more scoreless frames. Blake Moke, a pickup player from Corsica-Stickney, finished off the contest on the hill by picking up the final three outs.
For the game, the Mustangs out-hit Redfield, 12 to 5. Kyle Stover was given the loss after going one full inning and accounting for the three runners on base in the second.
Mount Vernon (11-11) advances to play the Milbank Firechiefs on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Cadwell Park.
“We know the opportunity is there with our team,” Neugebauer said of carrying Thursday’s performance through the next round. “I think when we’re doing the good, fundamental things we come together pretty well, and everybody’s got the same thing in mind. We can make a pretty good run here and I think our confidence is there and the expectations are following right behind.”