Moeller, La Salle To Play In Regional DH

05/28/2015

Posted on 5/28/2015 at 11:34 a.m.

GCL South-GMC Semifinal Matchups At UC Today    

Moeller and La Salle would love nothing more than to play each other in Friday’s Ohio High School Athletic Association Region 4 baseball championship, but for that to happen the two GCL South members will have to get past the top two teams from the Greater Miami Conference in regional semifinal games today at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.

The first semifinal is a matchup of league champions, with GCL South winner Moeller (27-3) – the state’s top-ranked Division I team – facing Lakota West (25-4), which won the GMC title  and has won 10 of its last 11 games.  First pitch is 2 p.m. as the Crusaders look for a return to the state tournament for the fourth straight year.  Moeller won Division I state crowns in 2012 and 2013, and then lost in the state semifinals last year.

La Salle (24-6), coming off its 5-4 come-from-behind, nine-inning victory over Hamilton in last Saturday’s district final, will attempt to win its ninth consecutive game when the Lancers face Mason (22-7) in the second semifinal.  First pitch is 5 p.m.  Mason made it to the regional final last year, losing to Moeller, 4-3, and the Comets defeated La Salle in the Lancers’ last regional appearance back in 2010.

That year, La Salle had defeated Mason three times during the regular season (by scores of 15-8, 7-5 and 17-9) before the Comets won in the postseason, 11-6.  La Salle also beat Mason this season, winning 9-3 back on April 28. The Lancers are scheduled to start senior Ryan Ernst, who is coming off a three-hit shutout against Elder in La Salle’s 1-0 win in last week’s sectional final.

Moeller has been nothing short of dominant during its current seven-game winning streak. During that span, Moeller has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 61-5. Moeller pitchers have recorded four shutouts and allowed no more than two runs in any one game during the streak.  Senior Grant Macciocchi tossed a no-hitter in the Crusaders’ 7-0 win over Middletown in the postseason opener.