Mason Alumni Makes It To Major League

Abby Miller | Sports Writer

It’s been 122 years since a Mason High School graduate has played Major League Baseball. 

That draught ended on Tuesday, September 3, when former Comet, 2013 graduate TJ Zeuch made his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Atlanta Braves. 

The 6’7″ starting pitcher was thrown right into the fire in Atlanta’s Sun Trust Stadium, taking the mound against the National League East’s first place team. 

It was an exciting time for the community, local sports fans and especially for his former coach, current Mason Comet skipper Curt Bly. 

According to Bly, as soon as he got word that Zeuch was called up to the big leagues, he immediately started making plans to make the trip to Atlanta. After watching Zeuch shine at the University of Pittsburgh and climb through the ranks in the minor leagues the excitement to see his former player throw his first pitch was almost dreamlike for Bly.   

“It was a surreal moment to be present,” Bly said. “…and kind of following him and knowing what he’s been through and the work he’s put in, was certainly one of the greatest moments of my coaching career.”

Zeuch came in relief of the starting pitcher and pitched four innings. He recorded four strikeouts, and gave up three hits. Bly said he is proud Zeuch, and getting to watch him was something extremely special. It’s something he would definitely like to do more of in the future with other players. 

“I think that as exciting as it was seeing TJ be our first, I don’t think he’ll be our last,” Bly said. “So I’m planning on making more trips like this in the future.”

Photo contributed by Melissa Bly.

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