Anthony Wayne Defeats Mason 1-0, puts an end to historic season
Rahul Parikh | Sports Editor
Henri Robbins | Staff Writer
The Mason Comets suffered a heartbreaking loss in the state semifinal to Anthony Wayne by a score of 1-0, as a historic season for Mason came to an end.
The game was close throughout but the Comets missed crucial opportunities, leaving 9 runners on base and failing to convert on multiple occasions.
In the second inning, Mason filled the bases with 3 walks, and failed to score as Max Johnson flied out and Joe Powell struck out to end the inning. Anthony Wayne picked up their lone run in the third inning, off of a single by Nick Schneider.
Mason did not have a hit in the game until the 5th inning, when Joe Powell singled, which was followed up by a Nick Northcut walk, but the rally ended abruptly as J.P Sponseller struck out swinging, leaving the Comets scoreless.
Another opportunity for the Comets ensued in the sixth inning, as Cole Harting led things off with a double to center field, but two groundouts left Harting stranded on base, and the Comets still could not get a run on the board.
Comet Pitcher Will Pfennig had a solid day on the mound, as he held Anthony Wayne to one run, totaled 6 strikeouts, and only giving up one walk. After the run scoring single in the third inning, Anthony Wayne was held to just two hits and did not score again.
In the top of the seventh inning, a fly out to right by Sponseller officially closed the door on Mason’s chance of advancing to the state final, as the game ended with a score of 1-0, in favor of Anthony Wayne.
Mason head coach Curt Bly thought that his team fought hard during the game, and the team did an excellent job this season of getting to this point.
“They’re a great team, they did a great job, and came up a little short,” Bly said. “Obviously the guys won the regional championship and got us to Huntington Park. [What they had was] their love for each other and their commitment to common goals.”
Click to enlarge and view in slideshow mode.
Photos by Riley Johansen and Henri Robbins.