The Moeller Crusaders (31-1) took home their eighth Division I state baseball championship Saturday in Columbus after defeating the Westerville Central War Hawks 16-0.
“It's just incredible the journey these guys have been on," said Moeller head coach Time held. "From not getting it done a year ago, coming back, and then, you never predict a finish like this in the championship game. It was much easier on my stomach.”
The Crusaders scored six runs in the fourth inning and nine in the fifth inning after Grant Macciocchi's RBI triple gave Moeller 1-0 lead over Westerville Central after the third inning.
“After the loss last year, it just got us fired up, and it's great. It was my last day ever hitting. So, I had to go out with a bang,” said Macciocchi, who will pitch for Missouri next season.
Macciocchi pitched a three-hit shutout and went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI.
Eric Connor, Kyle Dockus and Josh Hollander each had three hits and two RBI. Mitchell Meese scored three runs and brought in two.
“We knew what we had to do. We worked hard all year for it and we executed it. It's a big deal for our school,” said Dcckus.
The Crusaders had seven stolen bases in the victory.
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