Mason Baseball Bows Out In OHSAA Final Four 1-0

06/05/2018

The Regional Champion, Mason Comets, played in its first Division State Final Four on Friday, June 1st at Huntington Ball Park in Columbus. The Comet baseball program was making its 2nd trip to state since last appearing in 1987. Former Mason skipper Ken Gray's Comets defeated Akron Hoban 9-5 in the AA semifinal (classifications were then A, AA, and AAA).  The championship didn't quite go as planned that year as Coldwater handed Mason a 22-5 defeat.

Unfortunately, this day didn't go quite as hope for either. Mason's potent offense struggled to find its stride, falling to Anthony Wayne by a score of 1-0. The Generals would lose the next day to eventual State Champion Olentangy Liberty by a score of 8-1. The Comets found themselves with several chances against the Wayne starter who struggled with control early on, but Mason was not able to capitalize. It was the first time this season that the team had been shutout.  The Comets left men on base in each of the first three innings. Mason starter, Will Pfennig kept his team in the game until the bottom of the third. Opposing pitcher Nartker led off with a hit, followed by consecutive Wayne singles to plate the game's first and only run.

In Mason's last go-round in the top of the 7th, pinch-hitter Cadin Neuhaus was plunked with one out, then ran for by Nick Niehoff. Niehoff advanced to second on an errant pick-off attempt, then ran to third on Powell's fly ball to right. Down to the last out, Anthony Wayne pulled their starter for a reliever. Northcut was intentionally walked to pitch to junior J.P. Sponseller. Sponseller got behind in the count with two quick strikes but then barreled up a shot to deep right-center. In some high school yards, it may have been gone, but at 365 feet to right-center in Huntington Park it was aught and Mason was sent home scoreless.

The Comets finished the season at 26-6 overall. The team achieved the program's fourth GMC Championship, Sectional and District titles (#6) and the teams' first D1 Regional Championship. 

2018 Mason Comet Baseball
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PLAYERS AND COACHES ON A SEASON TO REMEMBER!

(Article content and photo compliments of Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen)