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Moeller advances to third state title in four years

(Source: Dan Wood, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Dan Wood, FOX19 NOW)

Moeller (30-3) moved on to the state championship after a 6-1 win against Aurora off of a strong pitching performance by Nick Bennett.

Bennett (7-1) would go all seven innings allowing four hits and one earned run. He would also strike out five on the day.

“I was just out there doing what I do normally and letting my defense make plays for me,” Bennett said.

Aurora were the first to get on the board scratching a run across in the top of third inning, but that is all that they would get. Moeller responded and take the lead in the bottom of the third inning getting two runs.

Mitchell Meece got the bottom of the third started for Moeller by reaching on an error and advancing to second base. He would come around to score the very next batter off of a Jordan Ramey double. Ramey advanced to third on a wild pitch then came home off a sacrifice fly by Kyle Dockus. 

In the fifth Moeller would come up with three more runs to increase their lead. Meece got the inning started with a single. Ramey then reached on a bunt to the pitcher. Both would score the next play on a throwing error by the pitcher.

Bailey Montoya would also reach base on the play. After a balk and a sacrifice fly the Crusaders extended their lead to 5-1 before the inning was over.

Moeller tacked on one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was not needed as Moeller blanked Aurora in the seventh inning to finish the game.

“This is a huge win,” Bennett said. “Grant (Macciocchi) will be ready to throw on Saturday and we are going to be ready to go.”

The Crusaders will face Westerville Central in the Division I championship game Saturday at 10 a.m. Westerville Central took down St. Ignatius 10-5 in their semi-final match-up. Moeller is seeking their third state championship in four years.

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