Elder, La Salle, Moeller In Baseball Sectionals


Posted on 5/19/2016 at 9:59 a.m.

GCL South Teams To Play Today For Berth in District Tourney

Greater Catholic League South Division members Elder, La Salle and Moeller are one win away from advancing to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Baseball Tournament, with each school scheduled to play a sectional final Thursday afternoon at neutral sites around Greater Cincinnati. 

Elder (14-15), which defeated Fairfield, 2-1, last Thursday in the Cincinnati 3 Sectional, will face Harrison (20-7) in the sectional final at 5 p.m. today at Hamilton High School.  Harrison also advanced with a one-run victory, defeating Lebanon, 3-2, last Friday.  Elder enters the game riding a five-game winning streak that started with a 5-2 victory over Harrison on May 7 at Harrison.  The Wildcats won the Southwest Ohio Conference championship with an 11-1 league record during the regullar season.

La Salle (20-7), the outright GCL South champion this spring, will play Kings (17-11) in the Cincinnati 1 Sectional final at 4:30 p.m. today at Elder’s Panther Athletic Complex.  La Salle has won four of its last five games (the lone blemish during that stretch a 5-4 setback to sectional finalist Mason), and the Lancers are led by senior Tim Casey, the GCL South Player of the Year.  La Salle edged Turpin, 2-1, last Thursday in the semifinals.  Kings, a member of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, advanced with a 5-3 win over GCL South member St. Xavier that same day.

Moeller (20-8), the defending Division I state champion, meets Hamilton (17-9) in the Cincinnati 4 Sectional final at 5 p.m. today at Lakota East High School.  The Crusaders have won three straight games and eight of their last nine, the lone loss to then undefeated Vandalia Butler, 12-5, on May 6.  Moeller is vying for its second straight state title and fourth in the last five years.  Coach Tim Held’s team won Division I state crowns in 2012, 2013 and 2015 – advancing to the state semifinals in 2014 before losing to Massillon Jackson, 4-2.

If victorious, the three GCL South schools advance to their respective district finals at noon Saturday.  If La Salle and Moeller win, the GCL rivals will meet for a fourth time this season.  La Salle won two of the three games in the regular season, winning 12-2 at Moeller on April 6 and 8-6 at home on April 18.  Two days later, Moeller won the third and final meeting, 5-4, on its home field.  La Salle finished  atop the GCL South with a 7-2 league record, with Moeller one game behind at 6-3.