Mt. Vernon Christian jumped out to a big lead in the first inning and kept Mossyrock in check the entire way in a 6-0 win Tuesday in the regional round of the 1B state baseball playoffs.
The Vikings trailed 5-0 after an inning in the loser-out game, played at Lakewood High School in Arlington.
Easton Kolb came on in relief in the second inning for Mossyrock and tossed the next five frames, scattering three hits with four strikeouts and giving up just one run.
“I really think after that ugly first inning the kids really came around, but we couldn’t get that big hit to change the momentum,” Mossyrock coach Darren Kolb said. “It’s been quite a while since we’ve played a regional game and the kids were pretty excited, but it just wasn’t our day.”
Gunner Mulligan went 2 for 3 at the plate. Easton Kolb and Jake Comer each added a hit.
“This is one of those games that will bother me for a long time, because we were a better team than what played today,” Kolb said. “We’re going in the right direction and next year, we’re going to win these types of games.”
Mossyrock finished the season with an 8-5 record. The Vikings were the No. 10 seed into the regional playoffs and graduate seniors Mulligan, Nayson West, and Andrew Bender.
“This group never gave up, and I told them this is a step in the right direction for our sports programs,” Kolb said. “Those three are going to be missed.”
No. 7 seed Mt. Vernon Christian moves on to face No. 2 Almira-Coulee-Hartline on Saturday in Moses Lake.