The Mustangs move to the loser's portion of the bracket and will look to stave off elimination on Friday morning against Prince Avenue.
The Braves took the lead early, scoring in the top of the first inning on a Brayley Watkins sacrifice fly to left to plate Chassidy Kates for a 1-0 advantage.
After two scoreless innings the Braves struck again in the fourth, scoring three runs to lead 4-0.
Haley Tony reached on an error to score Kaylee Blair, Gracie Bailey walked and came around to score on a passed ball, and Taylor Bailey laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring home Tony.
Heard County added another run in the top of the fifth inning when on McKinley Lassister's double that brought in Aubrey Ussery for a 5-0 edge.
The Mustangs got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on Lauren Dove fielder's choice to bring in Ruby Burnett for a 5-1 game.
Lilly Rae Fulford picked up the win in the circle for the Braves, hurling five shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out four batters.
Grace Westmoreland was tagged with the loss for the Mustangs, tossing five frames and allowing five runs (one earned) with five strikeouts and five walks.
Reese Hickey pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Mount Vernon, totaling three strikeouts.
First pitch for Friday's elimination game against the Prince Avenue is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Stadium Field.
The Wolverines avoided elimination with a 3-2 victory over Bryan County on Thursday afternoon.
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