Bieber homers twice in big week for Mt. Vernon

Skylan Akins

The Lady Mt’neers had a brutal week on the schedule as the first MHSFCA rankings revealed three state-ranked squads would conclude the week. The Lady Mt’neers debut at No. 8 in the initial rankings before taking on their first two games of the week Monday and Tuesday.

Versus Ash Grove
The first game up was a trip to Ash Grove. The Lady Pirates struck first with an RBI triple in the first frame but Mt. Vernon freshman Cheyenne Bieber tied the game with one swing of the bat as she hit her first home run of her career over the centerfield fence.
Josey McChesney followed up with a home run of her own to take a 3-1 lead in the third. Ash Grove plated a pair in the fifth but would never catch the Lady Mt’neers as Mt. Vernon took game one of the week, 8-3.

Versus Pittsburg, Kan.
The Lady Mt’neers then took a road trip to Pittsburg, Kan. where junior Harley Daniels was electric on both sides of the plate as a 3-4 game led the offensive attack. But she was truly game changing in the circle. She threw all seven innings without allowing a single earned run and struck out 15 batters.

Versus Forsyth
Friday marked Mt. Vernon’s first state-ranked showdown of the week as Forsyth came into town as the fifth-ranked team in the state. Sophomore Payge Evans, junior Allie Schubert and senior Josey McChesney hit three straight singles and took a 1-0 lead. A Bieber double extended the lead to 3-0 after one. Another Bieber double extended the lead 5-1 in favor of the Lady Mt’neers. McChesney tripled in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-1.
Then after three dominate innings from Bieber in the circle, Daniels took over in the fourth. After a 1-2-3 fourth, the Panthers bats came alive in the fifth as eight of the first nine batters reached base on six hits and six runs tied the game. Forsyth scratched one more run across in the sixth and Mt. Vernon wouldn’t be able to match it. The six game win streak was snapped at the hands of the Lady Panthers. Evans, McChesney, and Bieber each went 3-4 from the plate and Bieber allowed no earned runs and one hit in three innings.

At Potosi
The schedule didn’t get any easier as Saturday the Lady Mt’neers traveled to Potosi to take on the top ranked Lady Trojans and fourth-ranked Diamond. The Mt. Vernon bats came alive against the Potosi squad as Bieber, Schubert, Daniels all homered and the Lady Mt’neers racked up 14 runs on 17 hits en route to a 14-2 win.
Bieber led the way going a perfect 4-4 with 5 RBI's in the win. Daniels bounced back in the circle as she only allowed two runs in six innings pitched with four strikeouts.

Versus Diamond
The final game of the week saw the Lady Mt’neers take on the Lady Wildcats of Diamond. Mt. Vernon struck with four in the top of the first behind an RBI single from Bieber, a two-run triple by McChesney, and an RBI double from senior Hadley Cornell. Diamond responded with two in the bottom of the first and four in the second. Mt. Vernon wasn’t able to recover and a six-run fourth inning from Diamond gave the Wildcats the 13-6 win.

Looking ahead
The busy week moved the Lady Mt’neers to 9-4 on the year with another big week ahead. They opened up Monday at Marionville before returning home to begin a six-game homestand starting with Purdy on Thursday. They will then have a pair of double headers to end the week with Hollister and Lamar on Friday, and Springfield Catholic and East Newton coming to town on Saturday.
Mt. Vernon baseball was scheduled to play three games, but rain postponed Thursday’s matchup with Lamar. In the other two match-ups of the week, the Mt’neers fell to East Newton, 17-16, in a nine-inning thriller, Monday. The Mt’neers rebounded with a 5-1 win over Stockton, Friday. The Mt’neers move to 4-2 on the year ahead of the annual Bill O’Dell tournament set to kick off this week in Carthage.


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