LEXINGTON — Mike Marcum can’t go wrong when he’s filling out the lineup card.
Mount Vernon’s veteran skipper is blessed with an embarrassment of riches.
The Yellow Jackets banged out 18 hits and belted three home runs in a run rule-shortened 19-0 win over Lexington in Ohio Cardinal Conference action Wednesday afternoon.
In three games this season, Mount Vernon (3-0, 2-0) has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 44-1. None of the three games has gone more than six innings.
“They’re all returners except for one and they’re bigger, stronger and faster this year,” Marcum said. “We have a very good-hitting team. It’s a luxury.”
The Jackets scored all the runs they would need in the top of the first. Ohio State signee Hope Straight laced a leadoff double just inside the third base line and Mount Vernon Nazarene commit Megan Pentz drew a walk before Macee Marcum, the coach’s daughter and a Cleveland State recruit, belted a three-run home run into the teeth of a stiff win blowing in from center.
That was more than enough support for Marcum, last year’s OCC Pitcher of the Year. The senior surrendered just one hit, a two-out single in the first to Lexi Dwyer, while striking out eight.
The Jackets went back to work in the top of the third, scoring five runs on four hits. Pentz tripled and scored on an error to lead off the inning. Brooke Radamacher doubled and Savvy Blubaugh added a two-run single.
Straight belted a solo shot in the fourth before the Jackets erupted for 10 runs in the sixth. Marcum had a two-run double and Radamacher blasted a two-run homer.
Mount Vernon’s top four hitters, Straight, Pentz, Marcum and Radamacher, combined for 12 hits (seven extra-base hits), 13 runs and nine runs batted in.
Lexington’s starting lineup included seven freshmen and a sophomore.
“We were in the same boat four years ago,” Marcum said. “We had five starting freshmen four years ago. I’ve been there.
“You take your lumps for a while and then you get better from it.”