Elder-La Salle To Meet In District Semifinals Today

05/21/2015

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.