High School Baseball: Moser helps Carthage rally to win against Indian River | Frontier League
PHILADELPHIA — Credit Mason Moser and his Carthage baseball teammates with a well-deserved win over Indian River on Saturday.
Usually the team’s starting catcher, Moser made his first start of the year on the mound, scattering four hits as he led the Comets to a 12-2 victory over the Warriors in a Frontier League “A” game. “on a cool, brisk day.
The victory came less than 24 hours after Indian River rallied to defeat Carthage 6-5 in walkoff fashion in the seventh inning on Friday.
“It’s a great rebound, we’re working hard and having fun,” Moser said. “And that’s what happens when you work hard.”
Moser, a junior, struck out six and walked two, in a game shortened to six innings due to a 10-run leniency rule.
“He’s so important behind the plate as a catcher that it’s scary to get him out on the mound,” Carthage coach Joe Sech said. “But Garrett Decillis, our senior, did a terrific job behind the plate today. It was a good day, it was good teamwork.
With the triumph, the Comets improved to 4-3 on the season, including 3-2 in the league, and also won the three-game series with the Warriors for the week.
“(Friday) night we lost a heartbreaker, the kids are resilient, the kids showed up,” Sech said. “Batting practice was at 9:15 this morning, the bus left at 9:45 – the kids, they’re tougher than the coaches, I can tell you that.”
Moser got the start after staff No. 1 pitcher Aaron Luther nearly went the distance in the team’s 9-1 win over Indian River on Tuesday and was unavailable to pitch in the Finals from the Serie.
“I felt good, I had my team behind me, I knew they would come and get me if I did something,” Moser said. “Just trust my defense and keep throwing shots.”
“It boosts his confidence, he was mixing it all up,” Sech said. “And that adds another arm to our group that we didn’t know if we had or not, and we do.”
Moser, who also doubled and singled, received plenty of offensive support as brother Ethan Moser, as well as Alex Mono, Thomas Storms, Shay Sinitere and Blake Widrick each generated a pair of hits.
“We just seemed to hit the ball straight at their guys (Friday), we left 10 runners and we had two runners with no outs and didn’t score,” Sech said. “So that was nice to see. It’s been a tough series, I’d much rather have this game than practice after last night’s loss. Come back and here’s your chance.”
Widrick, hitting bottom of the lineout, reached base three times, including a pair of bunt singles, and scored three runs.
“It was tough,” Widrick said of Friday’s game. “We just had to bounce back and we had to get used to throwing them.”
After the Comets scored an unearned run in the first inning, as Ethan Moser reached on an error and scored on an RBI single from Mono, they scored for four runs in the second inning.
Carthage quickly loaded the bases on a pair of bunt singles by Decillis and Widrick, which were sandwiched around an infield error, and Mason Moser followed with an RBI single to center field. Luther walked with the bases loaded to cross another run, and Storms followed with a two-run single.
The Comets led 6-0 in the third as Widrick walked to start the inning and headed home on another goal-laden walk by Luther.
After Indian River scratched a late inning run as Sawyer Honeywell scored and scored on an infield error, Carthage led 7-1 in the fifth as Widrick hit another single and scored on Mason’s RBI double Moser.
The Comets then scored five runs in the sixth inning – highlighted by an RBI single from Decillis, and Ethan Moser singled and scored on wild pitch.
“It’s tough,” said Indian River coach Austin Kenyon. “We’re battling a little injury bug here today, our No. 1s and No. 2s (pitchers) are both injured. So it can quickly spiral out of control when this happens.
Reshawn Prince delivered a late-inning single for Indian River (1-4) to round out the scoring.
Meanwhile. Mason Moser retired the team in order in the fourth and fifth innings before taking the win in the sixth.
“He throws a really good punch,” Kenyon said of Mason Moser. “He had a couple of our kids do the whole forward drop and try not to swing because they’re going 45 miles an hour, so his off-speed stuff is pretty good. .”
Carthage won Game 1 of the series, 9-1, on Tuesday before Indian River rallied to win Game 2 by scoring three in the bottom of the seventh, capped by a brace from Nathan Rush with his team. until his last blow.
The win would be the Warriors’ first baseball victory over Carthage in a decade, according to Kenyon.
“It was a good win, we’ve been competitive all year, the scores haven’t necessarily been like that,” Kenyon said of Friday’s effort. “But we’re hanging out with teams and it’s looking better, so I think we’re going in the right direction.”
With the two wins this week, Carthage continues to lead the “A” division after winning the division title last spring.
“We got off to a good start, but we’re tied, we haven’t won two games in a row and we haven’t lost two games in a row,” Sech said. “We have South Jeff, Adirondack and General Brown next week, so we’ll see.”