MADISON TOWNSHIP — Trenton Kane-Sapp knew he was working on a perfect game, but Mount Vernon’s sophomore right-hander didn’t want to jinx it by breaking one of the game’s unwritten rules.
Neither did his teammates.
Kane-Sapp retired the first 12 batters he faced before surrendering an infield single to start the fifth inning in the Yellow Jackets’ 11-1 win at Madison on Wednesday.
“I was aware of (the perfect game), but I didn’t want to say anything. You’re not supposed to talk about it,” Kane-Sapp said. “Everyone was quiet in the dugout. There were some high-fives, but nobody said a word.”
Kane-Sapp would give up two hits in six innings as the Yellow Jackets (12-8, 7-3) remained in the hunt for the Ohio Cardinal Conference title. Mount Vernon trails league-leading West Holmes by two games in the OCC standings. The Jackets and Knights play in a critical two-game series next week.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance, which is all you can hope for,” first-year coach Nate Hunt said. “We can only control what happens inside our dugout. We’ll focus on ourselves and see what happens.”
The Jackets scored single runs in the first, second and third before taking control with two in the fifth. Mount Vernon added two more in the sixth and blew it open with four in the top of the seventh.
“We’re aggressive at the plate,” Hunt said. “As the year has gone on, we’ve figured out what works. We’ve had seven or eight different lineups, but I think we’re onto something.”
The run support was more than enough for Kane-Sapp. He struck out five and walked one.
“Trenton had a great outing for us today, but he’ll come in tomorrow and ask what he needs to work on,” Hunt said. “He’s constantly working and he’s very mature for a sophomore. He understands his role.”