Moeller is going back to the state baseball tournament for the seventh time in eight years after beating Mason 7-4 in Friday's regional championship.
Moeller had the bats swinging early getting off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
“It's very emotional, but I'm ready to go back to state,” said senior catcher Bailey Montoya.
Errors then started to doom both teams. First, the errors would hurt Mason. In the bottom of the third, Montoya hit a ground ball to senior Dylan Bryan, who couldn't handle it, allowing a run to score.
In the top of the fifth the errors started to rack up for the Crusaders. Moeller would tally three errors that would end up giving Mason a 4-3 lead.
Mason would get the inning going with a RBI double down the left field line making the score 3-2. Then, third baseman Alec Graves threw high to first allowing runners to advance to first and third. Rodney Hutchison struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but Montoya would miss the mark on the throw to first, allowing the game tying run to come in.
Mason would eventually take the 4-3 lead off a sac fly.
Moeller would respond in the bottom of the fifth tying the game 4-4 with a sac fly of their own.
Moeller loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning and Eric Conner would get the decisive RBI, but Moeller would tack on two more insurance runs.
Mason would not be able to recover in the seventh.
“This was definitely huge,” said Conner. “I'm proud of my brothers out there. We got the job done. That's all there is to it.”
Moeller, which has won the region seven out of the past eight years, will take on Aurora (21-5) in the next round. Aurora beat Massillon Jackson 3-0 in their regional final.
“It's very special to do this with my brothers,” said Montoya. “The Moeller community has been very special for me and my family. My brothers have held me close through tragic times and good times.”