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Posted on 5/24/2015 at 8:50 a.m.

GCL South Members Advance To Thursday’s Regional Semis

Junior Kevin Browne’s two-out hit in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a comeback for La Salle and gave the Lancers a 5-4 victory over Hamilton Saturday in the Cincinnati I district championship game at Western Hills High School, earning La Salle its eighth consecutive victory and a berth in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Region 4 (Cincinnati) semifinals Thursday at the University of Cincinnati.

Moeller – the state’s top-ranked Division I team – will join La Salle in the regional semifinals after notching a 6-0 victory over Beavercreek Saturday at Lebanon Junior High School to win the Lebanon 2 district title.  The win was the seventh straight for Moeller, which is vying for a return to the OHSAA Baseball State Tournament after winning state titles in 2012 and 2013 and advancing to the state semis last year.

La Salle (24-6) will face Mason (22-7) in the regional semis at 5 p.m. Thursday at UC’s Marge Schott Stadium.  Mason defeated Troy, 10-2, in Saturday’s district final.  Moeller will play Lakota West (25-4), the Greater Miami Conference regular-season champion, in the first game that day at 2.  Lakota West advanced with a 2-1 victory over Clayton Northmont in a district final Saturday.

Coach Joe Voegele’s Lancers, which fell behind, 4-3, in the top of the ninth, mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning with one out.  Senior outfielder Anthony Bell singled and later scored on an infield single by senior infielder Eric Greene to tie the game.   Sophomore speedster Ben Brabender came in to pinch run for Greene, and scored on Browne’s game-winning hit into the right-field corner.

The win was the second straight one-run decision for La Salle, which defeated GCL colleague Elder, 1-0, behind senior pitcher Ryan Ernst in Thursday’s sectional championship.  Junior Dana Reeves picked up the win Saturday in relief for the Lancers, who also got two RBI from senior catcher Nigel Williams and a pair of hits from senior outfielder Alec Lane.  Bell finished 3-of-5 with two runs scored.

Moeller continued its dominating late-season run by shutting out Beavercreek behind junior Nick Bennett, who is now 5-1.  The Crusaders also beat Beavercreek, 3-0, last season in the regional finals to advance to Columbus.  Senior infielder Josh Hollander went 3-of-4, his second straight three-hit game, while junior outfielder Kyle Butz added a pair of RBI for Moeller – which has outscored its opponents, 61-5, during its seven-game streak.

During that stretch, coach Tim Held’s team has hurled four shutouts and allowed the opposition to score more than one run just once.  Should La Salle and Moeller both win Thursday, the GCL South member schools would then play each other in Friday’s 5 p.m. regional championship at UC with a berth to the OHSAA State Tournament on the line.  The state tournament is June 4-6 at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus.

Posted on 5/23/2015 at 8:31 a.m.

GCL South Members Could Face Each Other In Regional

GCL South members La Salle and Moeller will attempt to win district baseball championships today and, in the process, continue their postseason journeys in what could eventually wind up being a meeting in the regional final between the league rivals for a berth in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament in Columbus.  But first things first in today’s district games.

La Salle (23-6), which defeated GCL South colleague Elder, 1-0, behind senior pitcher Ryan Ernst in Thursday’s district final, plays Hamilton (17-12) for the Cincinnati I district championships at Arch McCartney Stadium at Western Hills High School.  First pitch is 3 p.m.  The Lancers enter the game riding a seven-game winning streak.

Moeller (26-3) is looking for another trip to Columbus.  The Crusaders, winners of two of the last three state baseball titles and six straight games this season, advanced to the state semifinals last season before falling to Massillon Jackson, 4-2.  Moeller will oppose Beavercreek (18-10) in the Lebanon 2 district 2 district final, at 11 this morning.  The game is at Lebanon Junior High School, which is where Lebanon plays its varsi9ty game.

If victorious today, La Salle and Moeller would advance to the Region 4 (Cincinnati) semifinals Thursday at University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.  Moeller  would meet the Cincinnati 2 district champion at 2 p.m., followed by La Salle taking on the Lebanon 1 winner at 5.

Posted on 5/23/2015 at 8:27 a.m.

Moeller Moves One Step Closer To State Tournament Return

Senior pitcher Ryan Ernst tossed a complete-game three-hitter, and senior outfielder Anthony Bell knocked in the game’s lone run with a hit in the third inning, to pace La Sale to a 1-0 victory over fellow GCL South member Elder in ah Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional  championship game Thursday at Hamilton High School.
The Lancers (23-6), who have now won seven straight games, advance to meet Hamilton (17-12) in the Cincinnati District 1 final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Western Hills High School.  Hamilton advanced with a 12-3 win Thursday over Colerain.  Elder, which finished second in the GCL South in the regular season, finishes its season at 21-8.

GCL South champion Moeller also advanced to the district final Thursday.  The Crusaders, vying to win their third Division I state title in four years and eighth overall, defeated Fairfield, 7-2, behind a two-out, three-run home run in the first inning from senior infielder Kyle Butz.  Senior pitcher Grant Macciocchi picked up the win, his GCL South-leading ninth of the season, to give Moeller its sixth consecutive win.

The Crusaders (26-6), ranked No. 1 in the state by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association, advance to play Beavercreek (18-10) in the Lebanon District 2 final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lebanon Junior High School. Beavercreek advanced with an 8-5 win over Springfield in a sectional final Thursday.

The Elder-La Salle game was another classic pitcher’s duel between Ernst and Elder ace Shane Smith, who had started and won two previous matchups against Ernst and La Salle during the regular season, 3-2 and 3-2.  Smith was again outstanding this time in the fourth meeting between the two schools, allowing only four hits, but Ernst did not allow a Panthers’ baserunner to reach third base.

Both Ernst and Smith, who finished 6-1 this season, will pitch for Miami University next season.
Moeller, which advanced to the state semifinals last season after winning state titles in 2012 and 2013, got plenty of offensive support against Fairfield.  In addition to the clutch home run from Butz, senior Josh Hollander was 3-of-4 with a double and two RBI.  Senior Kyle Dockus also had two hits to help the Crusaders win for the ninth time in the last 10 games, the lone blemish a 5-2 loss at La Salle on April 29.

Posted 5/21/2015 at 9:18 a.m.

Moeller Also Looks To Stay Alive In Baseball Postseason

Three of the four GCL South baseball teams take the field today in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Tournament, with Elder and La Salle facing each other this afternoon for a fourth time this season and a district final berth on the line.  Elder meets La Salle in the Cincinnati District I semifinals at 5 p.m. at Hamilton High School.

Moeller, ranked No. 1 in Division I in both Greater Cincinnati and Ohio, is vying to mount another deep postseason run.  The Crusaders (25-3) play Fairfield (16-11) in the Lebanon District 2 semifinals at Lebanon Junior High School.  First pitch is 4 p.m.

Coach Tim Held’s Crusaders are looking to win their third state baseball championship in four years and eighth overall. The Crusaders lost to Massillon Jackson, 4-2, in last year’s state semis after winning the Division I championship  in 2012 and 2013.

Elder (21-7) won two of the three regular-season meetings against La Salle (22-6), with both victories coming by one run – 3-2 on April 1  and 4-3 on April 22.  La Salle, which has won six straight games, defeated Elder, 9-3, on April 21. Elder enters the game having won five of its last six games, including a 3-0 victory over Wilmington in its first tournament game last Thursday.

La Salle advanced to the district semis with a 7-3 win over Walnut Hills that same day.  Moeller has won five straight games in dominating fashion, outscoring its opposition, 48-3, over that span – scoring 10 or more runs four times, tossing three shutouts and allowing more than one run only once.  Tue Crusaders defeated Middletown, 7-0, in their tournament opener.

Today’s Elder-La Salle winner will advance to the district final – scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Hamilton High School.  Colerain faces Hamilton in the other semifinal.  If Moeller wins, it will advance to Saturday’s 11 a.m. district final at Lebanon Junior High School to face the winner of today’s semifinal game Beavercreek and Springfield.

The three GCL members held three of the top five spots in The Enquirer’s final Division I coaches’ poll, with Moeller at No. 1 (receiving all 17 first-place votes), Elder No. 4 and La Salle No. 5. Moeller also is ranked Mo. 1 in the latest Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Division I state poll, with Elder No. 10 and La Salle No. 15.

The schools have a combined 68-16 record entering play today.

Posted on 5/1/15 at 6:35 p.m.

The GCL South Tennis Championships are scheduled for Saturday.  Varsity matches will be played at both La Salle and St. Xavier high schools, with competition set to begin at 9 a.m.  The Bombers have dominated tennis in the GCL South for five decades.  The last team besides St. Xavier to win the GCL South tennis title is Elder, which captured the crown back in 1964-65.

The GCL Junior Varsity Championships, which will feature pro-set scoring, will be held on the campus of Mt. St. Joseph University.   JV matches also are set to start at 9.  Here is the complete schedule for Saturday’s GCL Tennis Championships:

VARSITY SCHEDULE
(La Salle High School)
La Salle vs. Moeller, 9 a.m.
Moeller vs. St. Xavier, 11:30 a.m.
Elder vs. Moeller, 3 p.m.
(St. Xavier High School)
Elder vs. St. Xavier, 9 a.m.
Elder vs. La Salle, 11:30 a.m.
La Salle vs. St. Xavier, 3 p.m.

JUNIOR VARSITY SCHEDULE
(Mt. St. Joseph University)
9 a.m.
Ct 1 – St. Xavier vs. Elder Singles 1
Ct 2 – St. Xavier vs. Elder Singles 2
Ct 3 – St. Xavier vs. Elder Singles 3
Ct 4 – Moeller vs. LaSalle Singles 1
Ct 5 – Moeller vs. LaSalle Singles 2
Ct 6 – Moeller vs. LaSalle Singles 3
10 a.m.
Ct 1 – St. Xavier vs. Elder Doubles 1
Ct 2 – St. Xavier vs. Elder Doubles 2
Ct 4 – Moeller vs. LaSalle Doubles 1
Ct 5 – Moeller vs. LaSalle Doubles 2
11 a.m.
Ct 1 – LaSalle vs. Elder Singles 1
Ct 2 – LaSalle vs. Elder Singles 2
Ct 3 – LaSalle vs. Elder Singles 3
Ct 4 – St. Xavier vs. Moeller Singles 1
Ct 5 – St. Xavier vs. Moeller Singles 2
Ct 6 – St. Xavier vs. Moeller Singles 3
Noon
Ct 1 – LaSalle vs. Elder Doubles 1
Ct 2 – LaSalle vs. Elder Doubles 2
Ct 4 – St. Xavier vs. Moeller Doubles 1
Ct 5 – St. Xavier vs. Moeller Doubles 2
1 p.m.
Ct 1 – St. Xavier vs. LaSalle Singles 1
Ct 2 – St. Xavier vs. LaSalle Singles 2
Ct 3 – St. Xavier vs. LaSalle Singles 3
Ct 4 – Moeller vs. Elder Singles 1
Ct 5 – Moeller vs. Elder Singles 2
Ct 6 – Moeller vs. Elder Singles 3
2 p.m.
Ct1 – St. Xavier vs. La Salle Doubles 1
Ct 2 – St. Xavier vs. La Salle Doubles 2
Ct 4 – Moeller vs. Elder Doubles 1
Ct 5 – Moeller vs. Elder Doubles 2


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