After a torrid early pace to Monday’s baseball game between the Golden Aces and Vincennes Rivet at Dee White Field, things finally settled down.
Just not soon enough for the hosts.
Mt. Carmel led 9-8 at the end of three innings, but would get no more as Rivet’s bullpen took control. The Aces pen also straightened things out, but not before Rivet scored six times in the fourth, cruising in from there to post a 17-9 non-conference victory.
“At the start both teams were scoring runs,” said Rivet coach Bill Beard. “Two pitchers we brought in shut them down, and put some zeros up there in the last four innings and that was a big key for us.”
Blake Mouzin came on in the fourth with an off-speed diet that kept the Aces hitters just off stride. “He’s kind of deceptive,” said Beard of his junior. “He works on location and changing speeds.”
Aces hurlers weren’t the main culprits in losing the lead - not with six errors on defense behind them.
“It’s one of those games you feel like you can win,” said Aces manager John Copeland of the loss which drops his club to 1-5 on the year. “When you give away so many runs to errors and poor defense you’re never going to have a chance to win.”
The Aces did mount one last serious threat at the plate in the fifth inning, but came up empty while leaving the bases full.
“They were making plays and doing things the right way,” Copeland said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to do that ourselves.
Rivet (4-2) scored three runs in the first, but the Aces matched that total, thanks to a two-run triple from shortstop Jared Piper followed by an RBI single from Austin Rue.
Reece Metcalf put the Aces ahead, 4-3, with an RBI single in the second.
Both teams scored five runs in the third. With the bases loaded in the home half, Pete Smith singled, Sam Wampler was hit by a pitch, Ian Hipsher walked, Metcalf hit a sacrifice fly, and Piper added to his RBI total with a base hit. With that, Mt. Carmel was back in front, 9-8.
Thomas Allen was the starter, going 3.2 innings for the Aces. Freshman pitcher Devan Rich, who recorded a save in his first varsity appearance on Saturday, was back on the mound in relief on Monday. He threw 2.1 innings, and allowed just one run.
“He’s fearless,” said Copeland of Rich. “He doesn’t know what kind of situations he’s in yet.”
Kieffer Goldman worked the seventh for the Aces.
Rivet’s biggest blow of the day came in the third. Collin Wirth drove in two runs with a line drive, and was about to settle for a triple when an overthrow allowed him to finish the trip around the bases.