ANDERSON — The McDonald County Mustangs took a 4-1 loss Monday night in their Big 8 Conference finale against the Mount Vernon Mountaineers.
McDonald County scored its only run in the fourth, while Mount Vernon scored one in the second, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth.
Mount Vernon’s Will Boswell dominated McDonald County, allowing just the one run on two hits over seven innings. Boswell struck out 10 and walked five, which he and the Mountaineers overcame to allow only the one run. The Mustangs stranded seven runners.
McDonald County, meanwhile, used four pitchers on the day. Grant Cooper took the loss and he allowed three runs (all earned) on four hits over 4 2/3 innings and he struck out four and walked none. Jorge Ruiz allowed one run (earned) on one hit and he struck out none and walked one. Boston Dowd allowed no runs on no hits over two innings and he struck out three and walked none. Raygan Bradley surrendered one hit over 1/3 inning.
Ty Boswell and Chance Fenton each led Mount Vernon with two hits, Boswell homered and doubled and Fenton doubled. Fenton drove in two runs and Boswell drove in one.
Ty Shaver doubled for one of McDonald County’s two hits and Joe Brown had the other hit, while courtesy runner Reece Cooper scored the lone run.
McDonald County finished 14-11 heading into postseason play. The Mustangs — No. 3 seed — play district host Carthage in the Class 5, District 12 tournament Saturday at Carl Lewton Stadium.
The Mustangs have lost three straight games entering the postseason and finished 5-5 over their last 10 games.
McDonald County defeated Carthage 6-1 early in the season, scoring four runs late on a day when pitchers Charlie Moore (McDonald County) and Trason Vogt (Carthage) were dueling for most of the contest.
Moore allowed one run (earned) on two hits over seven innings and he struck out 10 and walked three. Vogt allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits over six innings and he struck out 11 and walked two.
Offensively, Moore had a pair of hits and three RBI, while teammate Jordan Platter had three hits and two RBI. Moore and Platter both doubled.
Vogt and Kaden Kralicek had Carthage’s only hits against Moore, both singles.