LAWRENCEVILLE — Don’t count Mt. Carmel’s 10-year-old baseball team out just yet.
After winning their opener over Salem on Friday at the district tournament, they were shutout by Olney on Saturday. On Sunday, Rick Willis’ club bounced back to eliminate Salem and reduce the tourney to a two-team affair.
Mt. Carmel plays Olney again tonight at 6 p.m. in the championship round. The 10s will have to win tonight to force a winner-take-all meeting on Tuesday.
“We’ve got a shot,” Willis said. “We’ve got some pitching left and if we hit the ball we’ll be all right.”
Mt. Carmel came from behind for a 7-5 win on Sunday to stay alive. The lead changed hands seven times in the game, with Dayton Hall’s two-run single in the fifth that scored Aaron Simmons and Jarrett West completing the rally
Simmons was 3-for-3 at the plate. Hall added two hits in the win.
Saturday, Olney pitching limited Mt. Carmel to only one hit in a 19-0 victory. Beau Stipp collected the lone hit for the 10s with a first-inning double.
In the first meeting against Salem on Friday, Mt. Carmel scored 10 runs in the second inning to open things up in a 16-9 victory. The surge wiped out an early 2-0 lead by Salem. Hall had four hits in the game, scored two runs and picked up an RBI.