By Doug Gorman
The Mt. Zion Bulldogs built an early lead Wednesday in the non-region baseball game at Mundy's Mill, and then held off a couple of Tigers' rally attempts en route to an 11-5 win.
It's the second time this year Mt. Zion has posted a victory against Mundy's Mill.
"We are blessed to have a really good senior class," said Mt. Zion head coach Bruce Jones. "We have eight seniors on this team, but we still have to stop making some of the mental errors that have hurt us at times."
Mt. Zion pounded out 11 hits and benefited from seven Mundy's Mill errors en route to the victory.
For a time it appeared the game was going to end in the fifth by the 10-run mercy rule, but with the Bulldogs leading 11-1 heading into the bottom of the frame, Mundy's Mill put together one of its two late inning rallies and scored three times.
Offensively, Mt. Zion's Chris Coggins just missed hitting for the cycle. Coggins, who also pitched the last two innings in relief, singled, doubled and tripled and also scored three runs as part of the Bulldogs' winning effort.
Cannedy Walker had a single and a double and also drove in three runs for Mt. Zion.
Emory Clark drove in two runs as part of the Bulldogs' explosive seven-run second inning.
Despite the loss, Mundy's Mill pounded out 10 hits. Marcus Barber led the way for the Tigers with three hits, including a double and two singles. Sam Murphy pounded out a double and a single. He also scored three times. Murphy was also the staring pitcher for the Tigers.
Mt. Zion took control of the game in the second inning with seven runs. The Bulldogs sent 11 men to the plate in the inning on just three hits.
Clark delivered one of the big blows in the inning, driving in two runs on a single from his ninth spot in the order.
Walker's double also accounted for two runs and gave the Bulldogs the 7-0 lead.
Mundy's Mill cut the gap to 7-1 with a run of its own in the bottom of the second. Murphy's double started the rally and an RBI single from Jason Petterson led to the Tigers' first run of the game.
The Bulldogs scored four more times in the game, including three times in the fourth.
With the Tigers flirting with getting sent home after the fifth inning, the squad rallied for three runs to cut the margin to 11-4.
Singles by Mack Jenkins and Peterson resulted in runs to pace the rally. The Tigers added their last run of the game in the seventh when John Vazquez singled and later scored.
Mundy's Mill loaded the bases in the inning, but the game ended when the Bulldogs turned a double play.