Moeller Rallies Past Mason, Earns Trip To State

05/30/2015

Posted on 5/30/2015 at 7:31 a.m.

Crusaders To Play Aurora In State Semifinals Thursday

Moeller scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 4-4 tie, and the Crusaders overcame committing five errors to record a 7-4 victory over Mason in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Region 4 Championship Thursday evening at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.  The win earns Moeller a fourth straight trip to the OHSAA Baseball State Tournament in Columbus.

Coach Tim Held’s team (29-3), which has now won nine straight games, advances to meet Aurora (22-5) in the state semifinals at 1 p.m. Thursday at Huntington Park in Columbus.  Aurora defeated Massillon Jackson, 3-0, to win the Canton Region 1 Championship Friday.  Massillon Jackson knocked Moeller out of last year’s state tournament, winning 4-2 in the semifinals, and went on to win the state title.

Cleveland St. Ignatius (26-5), which won the Bowling Green Region 3 Championship by defeating Toledo St. Francis, 3-1, will meet Westerville Central (25-6) in Thursday’s first semifinal at 10 a.m.  Westerville Central beat Olentangy Liberty, 9-6, to win the Dublin Region 2 Championship.

Moeller is seeking its fourth state baseball championship under Held, having won the Division I state crown in 2009, 2012 and 2013.  The Crusaders tailed Mason, 4-3, entering the bottom of the fifth inning before tying the game on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Meece. After reliever Joe Vranesic worked out of a bases-loaded threat by Mason with one out in the top of the sixth, Moeller scored three times in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-4 lead.

The Crusaders were able to make the lead stand up against Mason (23-8), which knocked off GCL South member La Salle, 2-1, in Thursday’s regional semifinals to reach its second straight regional final.  Last season, Moeller also trailed before rallying and eventually edging Mason, winning 4-3 in extra innings to advance to the state semifinals.

Click HERE for The Enquirer game story from Friday.