Mason’s 2016 state tournament run and season came to an end today as the Comets fell to Loveland in a sectional championship game by a final score of 3-2. Both teams benefited from solid pitching as Mason senior Vince Vannelle (4-1) went the distance, allowing three runs on just six hits while walking five and striking out six. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Loveland was able to generate a two-out single up the middle to score the go-ahead run. Vannelle and the Comet defense battled out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the fifth and stranded two more Loveland base runners in the sixth as Vannelle picked a runner off of first base and got a huge strike out to end the inning.
Mason out-hit Loveland on the day eight to six, but left nine runners on base with several coming in key situations. After scoring a run to tie the game at 1-1 with one out in the second, the Comets left the bases loaded after hitting in to an inning-ending double play. Mason got lead-off singles from Vince Vannelle in the fifth and Adam Ward in the sixth, but just could not get them around to score as they had done for so much of the 2016 season. Credit goes to Loveland’s pitching and defense for executing well at crunch time. It was definitely a playoff atmosphere today, and both teams put on a great show for the near capacity crowd at Lebanon Junior High. Leaders on offense for Mason today included:
Vince Vannelle: 3 for 4, double
Sam Taylor: 3 for 3
Adam Ward: 2 for 2, double, walk
The Comets finished the 2016 season as GMC Co-Champs with a record of 21-8. This was Mason’s fifth consecutive 20-win season. The baseball program would like to thank all Mason students, families, alumni, and friends for all of your support this season.