GREENFIELD — All Mt. Vernon coach Scott Johnson wanted from his Marauders Wednesday was to play “routine baseball” in their Class 4A Sectional 9 quarterfinal game against New Castle.
Unfortunately for MV, it couldn’t follow suit and its season ended with an 8-5 loss to the Trojans at Greenfield-Central. New Castle (16-10) advances to the first Sectional 9 semifinal Saturday at 5:30 p.m. vs. Anderson (14-17).
The Marauders (12-13) committed four errors, issued four free passes (three walks, a hit batsman) and tallied three wild pitches/passed balls, which helped the Trojans build a 8-2 advantage after four and a half innings.
The black and gold rallied with three runs in the seventh – knocking New Castle starter Grant Malott from the game – but left runners at first and second to end the game.
“It was too little too late. It’s a sad way to end,” said Johnson, who completed his second season at the helm Wednesday. “The way you win in the postseason is make all the routine plays. You don’t have to do anything special; you don’t have to make any ESPN plays. Just throw strikes and let them hit it, field it and throw it. The basics. We really stressed the basics tonight, and unfortunately, that wasn’t how it turned out. We didn’t play good defense and we could have done better in a lot of areas.”