MOUNT VERNON — One-run games have not been kind to the Seneca Indians this season.
Just a couple days after their 2-1 loss to defending Class 4 state champion Aurora, the Indians fell 3-2 to Mount Vernon in a Big 8 Conference game Thursday.
Seneca grabbed a 2-0 lead after runs in the first and third, but the Mountaineers plated one in the third, the fifth, and the seventh to earn the dramatic 3-2 victory.
Seneca’s Gavin Clouse and Mount Vernon’s Will Boswell were dueling — not Brandos — on Thursday, dueling zeroes.
Clouse took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 2/3 innings and he struck out nine and walked two.
Boswell, meanwhile, earned the win and surrendered two runs (unearned) on four hits over seven innings and he struck out 10 and walked none.
Clouse and Stephens each tripled for half of the Indians’ four hits, while Monty Mailes and Josh Caputo each singled for the other half. Clouse and Caputo scored Seneca’s runs.
In the Seneca first, Mailes singled to lead off the game but was caught stealing at second, a fact that came back to bother Seneca when Clouse hit a two-out triple. Clouse scored on an error.
In the third, Caputo hit a leadoff single and came around to score on another error. Caputo advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a Mailes sacrifice.
Chance Fenton led off the Mount Vernon third with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a Boswell groundout, and scored on a Seneca error.
Zach Jones singled to lead off the fifth and worked his way around to score with two outs, helped by a stolen base and advancing to third on a fundamentally sound groundout to the right side by Fenton.
Cale Miller, of course, singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh and scored the winning run on a wild pitch, a heartbreaking way to lose a game.
Seneca dropped to 7-8 overall and 1-3 Big 8, with three straight losses. The Indians returned to action Friday against El Dorado Springs.