The Mustangs accomplished that feat with a convincing 9-3 victory over the Bacon County Raiders on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26 in Day 2 of the GHSA Class-A DI Elite 8 at the South Commons Softball Complex.
Mount Vernon scored early and often, plating three runs in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.
After back-to-back walks to begin the game, Grace Westmoreland doubled down the left field line to score Priscilla Andrin and Lauren Dove for a 2-0 advantage.
Westmoreland would score two batters later on a Reese Hickey RBI ground out for a 3-0 edge.
The Raiders got one run back in the bottom of the first to pull within two at 3-1 but the Mustangs added two runs in the top of the second inning to go ahead 5-1.
Westmoreland singled home Cameron Bogdanchik followed by a Reagan Hickey single to bring in Lauren Dove.
The Mustang bats stayed hot in the top of the fourth inning, posting two more runs to go up 7-1.
Reagan Hickey and Reese Hickey had back-to-back singles to push the Mount Vernon lead to six.
The Raiders scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to shrink the Mustang lead to 7-3.
Mount Vernon's final two runs came in the top of the fifth inning on a Kennedy Reynolds fielder's choice and a Dove RBI single.
Reese Hickey picked up the win in the circle for the Mustangs, tossing seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) while scattering four hits.
The righty finished with six strikeouts and walked just three batters.
The Mustangs, winners of 22 straight, will advance in the winners bracket to take on the Heard County Braves on Friday, Oct. 27.
The Braves defeated Prince Avenue 6-5 on Thursday to stay in the winners bracket.
First pitch for Friday's contest is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Field 1 in Columbus.
A win on Friday puts Mount Vernon in the State Championship game on Saturday while a loss sends the Mustangs to the losers bracket.
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Established in 1972, The Mount Vernon School, serves over 1,250 students in preschool through grade 12 on our 40-acre Atlanta campus. As a leading visionary independent school, Mount Vernon’s brand of innovation and entrepreneurship has emerged over the last decade, impacting schools in the US and across the globe through Mount Vernon Ventures, a research, strategy, and consulting division of the School. In addition, in 2021 the School launched a global online program for grade 9-12 to meet the needs of today’s flexible family. Through established partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and civic environments, our mission is to design a better world...together.