The Mustangs remained in the winners bracket on Friday afternoon, defeating the Heard County Braves 8-7 at Kendrick Field at the South Commons Softball Complex.
Down three separate times in the game, and playing as the visiting team, the Mount Vernon offense battled back and the defense held serve late to secure the win.
The Braves went ahead 2-0 after the first inning but Mount Vernon cut the lead in half in top of the second on a Priscilla Andrin single to make it a 2-1 game.
Heard County pushed ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the second inning, but the Mustangs pulled within two and took the lead in a fourth inning for the ages.
After a Lauren Dove RBI single made it 4-2, Reagan Hickey came to the plate with the bases loaded and sent a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam to put the Mustangs ahead 6-4.
The Braves charged back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 7-6 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, Grace Westmoreland singled to left to plate Andrin to even the contest at 7-7.
One batter later, Reagan Hickey hit a sacrifice fly to left field that brought home Dove for an 8-7 Mustang advantage they would never relinquish.
The Mustangs, winners of 23 straight games, return to action on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the Class-A DI State Championship.
Mount Vernon (29-4) will take on the winner of the Prince Avenue/Heard County elimination game at 1:00 p.m. at Field 1 in Columbus.
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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.