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Moeller wins back to back baseball titles

Moeller wins back to back baseball titles

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Second-ranked Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller slugged 12 hits en route to consecutive baseball state championships and a 7-1 victory over No. 17 Cleveland St. Ignatius in the 2013 OHSAA Division I state championship game Sunday afternoon at Huntington Park.

Moeller (32-2) wins its seventh state baseball championship to tie Newark Catholic for second place all-time. Newark Catholic won its seventh championship just hours prior on Sunday in the Division IV championship game. Both schools trail all-time leader Cincinnati Elder, which has 12 state titles.

The Crusaders collected 12 hits led by senior Max Foley, who went three-for-four and junior Riley Mahan who added two more hits to the five he had in the state semifinal victory. Senior Justin Wampler drove in two runs in the game.

The Wildcats (27-7) could only manage two hits and one run against Moeller junior left-hander Zach Logue. Allowing his defense to make plays throughout the course of the game, Logue struck out four Wildcat batters.

St. Ignatius’ lone run came on an RBI single by senior Tyler Finkler. The Wildcats finish as state runners-up for the third time, the last in 2008, in their 11th state tournament appearance.

St. Ignatius and Moeller previously had met four times in the state tournament, all semifinal games. The series record began the day at 2-2, with St. Ignatius victorious in 2000 and 2008 and Moeller in 2004 and 2009. The 2013 state championship victory gives the Crusaders a 3-2 edge in the series.

 

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