fter a lightning delay of over an hour to begin the evening at Princeton High School, the Comets took the field in a district final game to face the Northmont Thunderbolts out of Greater Dayton’s GWOCConference. In a game reminiscent of Mason’s opening tournament game against Lebanon, the Comets found themselves down 3-0 in the second inning before storming back to win the game by a final score of 13-3 in six innings.
Rollie Sheriff started and won it for Mason to move to 7-1 on the season. The senior lefthander pitched the first four innings, allowing an earned run and three hits to go with five strikeouts. Sheriff battled through the weather delay and a challenging second inning to hold Northmont at bay as he left with a 4-3 lead after the fourth inning. Senior righthander Patrick Lantry came on in relief to deliver yet another solid performance, pitching two innings of shutout baseball. He allowed two hits while striking out three.
Trailing 3-0 in the second, the Comets took advantage of two hit batters to open the inning, followed by a Northmont infield error. After Jack Buckley walked with the bases loaded, Cole Harting scorched a triple to right field to clear the bases and put Mason up 4-3.
Mason scored twice more in the third as J.P. Sponseller, who had led off the inning with a walk, scored on a wild pitch and Ben Kraus (2 for 3 on the night), drove in Harrison Johnson with a base hit to left center.
After scoring a single run in the fourth off another triple by Cole Harting and a SAC fly from Nick Northcut (who had 3 RBI’s on the night), Mason exploded for six more runs in the sixth inning to end the game as they sent nine men to the plate, capped off by a bases loaded single by Mason Holloway.
Mason (24-5 overall) now moves on to a regional semi-final matchup against the winner of the Centerville/Loveland district final game. The Comets will play at 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 24th at MargeSchott Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.