For the second year in a row, and the first time in school history, the varsity baseball team won the district championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 at UC. Standing in their way was a familiar foe, the Mason Comets.
The two teams faced off on a hot and steamy day last Thursday looking to get within one more win of a trip to Columbus for the state final four. The Elks went down in order in the top of the first and the Comets went to work right away. The lead off hitter singled up the middle. That was followed by a fly out and then an infield single to put runners on first and second with one out. A ground out advanced the runners to second and third with two outs. The next batter hit a sinking line drive to right which barely eluded the right fielder and rolled all the way to the wall for a two-run triple. The next batter grounded out and the Comets led, 2-0, after one inning. In the top of the second, the Elks bats came alive. After the first batter was retired, the Elks got a one-out walk followed by back-to-back hits to cut the deficit to 2-1. A walk loaded the bases with one out. Jared Lieberman then hit a line shot in the gap in left center field that the left fielder made a shoestring grab on in the gap. The sacrifice fly tied the game, but the Elks were oh so close to having a bases clearing extra base hit. The next batter lined out to left and the game headed to the bottom of the second tied at 2. The Comets got a lead off double and a wild pitch to put a runner on third with nobody out. A sacrifice fly gave the Comets a 3-2 lead after two innings. Both teams would threaten the rest of the game, but neither team could score. The Elks last chance in the seventh was thwarted when a one-out drive into the right-center field gap was caught by a diving center fielder. The game ended when the Elks final batter lined out to the third baseman.
The 3-2 loss ended the Elks season at 18-11 and still looking for that elusive regional final appearance. Thank you seniors for four great years and for everything you have done for this program. You will be missed.