The Class of 2018 closed out the regular season in memorable fashion on Saturday as their group of eight seniors along with junior catcher Jack Buckley and junior DH Joe Powell defeated the 2018 ECC Co-Champion Milford Eagles by a final score of 8-1 before a packed Senior Day crowd at Mason. This senior class will be remembered not only for their success on the field but also for being a tight-knit group who put their teammates and team’s success before self. Those traits were evident to all in attendance today – families, coaches, and fans – as we were all treated to a special day at the ballpark.
Will Pfennig moved to a perfect 6-0 on the season with the win, pitching five and 2/3 innings of 1 hit shutout baseball. Pfennig struck out 11 batters to move his season strikeout total to a remarkable 80 in 41 and 2/3 innings pitched so far this season. His ERA now sits at 0.34. Sophomore A.J. Kraus pitched the final inning and 1/3 for Mason, allowing one run to go with one strikeout.
Cadin Neuhaus led off the Mason first inning with a double and the Comets took advantage of two walks and two hit batters in the inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Another big inning in the fourth plated four more runs. In the sixth, Kevin Uth missed hitting a home run by mere inches as he pounded a long single off the fence in deep left field.
Leaders on offense today included:
Cadin Neuhaus: 2 for 4, double
Patrick Lantry: single, 3 RBI’s
Evan Haas: 3 for 3, RBI
Jack Buckley: single, 2 RBI’s
Ben Kraus: single, RBI
Rollie Sheriff: RBI
Mason completed GMC Conference play for 2018 with a 7-1 win at Sycamore. The win for the GMC Champion Comets capped off a 16-2 conference season and moving to 20-5 overall.
Sophomore Collin Brown (1-0) got his first start and win in a varsity uniform today, pitching four innings of shutout baseball. He allowed just two hits and struck out two. Evan Kemp pitched the final three innings in relief, allowing no earned runs and one hit while striking out three.
The Mason offense was kept in check until the third inning but scored two in the third and four more in the fourth to take a commanding 6-0 lead. A balanced eleven hit attack for the Comets was led by:
Mason Holloway: 3 for 4
J.P Sponseller: 2 for 4, double, RBI
Evan Haas: single, 2 RBI’s
Cole Harting: double, 2 RBI’s
Wyatt Weekley: 2 for 4, double, RBI
Mason put together a solid game in all phases today, getting an outstanding start from senior Patrick Lantry to go with solid defense and potent offensive production. The result was a Comets 7-0 shutout of St. Xavier at home in non-conference action.
Lantry kept his season record perfect at 4-0 on the season, pitching 6 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and struck out four. Nick Northcut came on with one out in the seventh to complete the shutout, striking out one.
With two-outs in the Mason first, J.P. Sponseller singled, Evan Haas doubled, and Cole Harting singled to put the Comets up 2-0. The following inning, Sponseller launched a grand slam home run to deep right center, his league-leading 5th home run of the year, to make it a 6-0 ballgame. Leaders on offense for Mason included:
J.P. Sponseller: 3 for 4, grand slam HR, 5 RBI’s
Joe Powell: 2 for 4
Evan Haas: 2 for 4, double, RBI
Cole Harting: 2 for 3, RBI
Solid pitching and timely two-out hitting were enough to overcome a lackluster defensive effort today as Mason defeated Sycamore at home 5-2 to move to 15-2 in the GMC. Shortly after the game, the Comets learned of Lakota West’s win over Lakota East which guaranteed Mason’s GMC Championship for 2018.
Rollie Sheriff (6-1) gave Mason another six strong innings on the mound today, earning the win. He allowed two earned runs on just five hits with one walk and one hit batter. Sheriff recorded eight strikeouts on the day. Nick Northcut earned his third save of the season as he pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing just a base hit.
Mason jumped out to their usual early lead again, this time striking with two outs. After a lead-off single by Joe Powell was followed by two consecutive outs, Evan Haas delivered an RBI double, Cole Harting followed with an RBI triple, and Mason Holloway drove in Harting with a single. Just like that, the Comets were off and running with a 3-0 lead after one inning of play. Mason would later add single runs in the fourth and fifth. Leaders on offense for Mason included:
Joe Powell: 2 for 4, double
Nick Northcut: 3 for 4, double, RBI
Evan Haas: double, RBI
Cole Harting: 2 for 3, triple, RBI
Mason Holloway: 2 for 3, 2 RBI’s
Mason got back to their winning ways on Monday in a critical GMC road contest, dispatching with Oak Hills by a final score of 13-4 to maintain their game and a half conference lead with just two games remaining.
Will Pfennig (5-0) started and won it for the Comets, pitching the first six innings. He allowed an earned run and struck out seven. A.J. Kraus pitched the seventh inning, allowing an earned run and striking out two.
The Comets offense continued its season-long pattern of striking quickly again today, scoring three runs in both the first and second inning to take a 6-0 lead after two innings of play. Monday’s leaders on offense included:
J.P. Sponseller: 2 for 3, home run, walk, 4 RBI’s
Evan Haas: 2 for 3, 2 RBI’s
Harrison Johnson: 2 for 4, 2 RBI’s
Max Johnson: 2 for 3, 2 RBI’s
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Comets dropped a tough one at Prasco Park to Kings in non-conference action by a final score of 12-11. Defensive miscues and control problems on the mound cost Mason dearly in this one as they committed four errors on the night, walked nine batters, and hit three batters. Kings scored the winning run on a steal of home with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
Leaders on offense for Mason included:
Nick Northcut: two-run home run
J.P. Sponseller: 2 for 5, double
Ben Kraus: 2 for 2, walk, SAC Fly, RBI
Cadin Neuhaus: 2 for 2, double, walk, RBI
Mason improved to 13-2 in the GMC (16-4 overall) with a 7-3 win at home tonight over Oak Hills. Patrick Lantry (3-0) gave the Comets yet another quality start, going five innings and allowing three earned runs while striking out six. Nick Northcut picked up the save in relief, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out two.
The Comets applied pressure from the get go in this one, getting multiple base runners on in every inning, stealing four bases on the day, and getting key quality at bats when needed. The game was tied 3-3 after a three-run Oak Hills fifth inning. Mason promptly responded with two runs in their half of the fifth and added two more runs in the sixth.
Mason Holloway finished off his solid week for the Comets by being awarded his second consecutive game ball from Head Coach Curt Bly. Holloway was impressive at the plate, in the field, and on the base paths yet again today. Leaders on offense in the game included:
Evan Haas: 2 for 3, 2 RBI’s
Mason Holloway: 2 for 4, double, 2 RBI’s
Ben Kraus: 1 for 2, 2 RBI’s
Mason came out swinging yesterday, scoring three runs in the first inning and benefiting from another strong performance from the pitching staff en route to an 8-1 win at Lakota West to earn a split in the two-game season series with the Firebirds.
Rollie Sheriff moved to 5-1 on the season with the win, pitching 5 2/3 innings. He allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out eight. Nick Northcut came on in relief with two outs in the sixth. He recorded the last four outs of the game – all via strikeout as he held Lakota West scoreless the rest of the way.
In the Mason first, with one out, four successive base hits and an RBI groundout staked the Comets to a 3-0 lead. A key play in the game was made defensively by Comets second baseman Mason Holloway who, with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, made a diving grab of a hard hit ground ball up the middle, flipping to Max Johnson at second base to end the Firebirds’ threat. Mason and Lakota West traded single runs in the fourth before the Comets blew the game open in the seventh, scoring four more runs.
Leaders on offense for Mason included:
Joe Powell: 4 QAB’s, double, 2 RBI’s
Nick Northcut: 2 for 5, RBI
Mason Holloway: 3 QAB’s, RBI
Leading 3-1 after six innings of play, the Comets surrendered three runs in the seventh and fell to Lakota West at Prasco Park tonight by a final score of 4-3.
Will Pfennig was outstanding once again on the mound for Mason, pitching six innings of one hit baseball and striking out fourteen. He allowed just one unearned run in the Firebirds’ second inning on a throwing error by J.P. Sponseller. Kenyon Abbott came on in the seventh and pitched one third of an inning, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out one. Evan Kemp (0-1) suffered the loss for the Comets, allowing a hit, a walk, and an earned run in his two thirds of an inning.
Mason’s defense, base running, and hitting was spotty tonight in critical situations. Leaders on offense included:
J.P. Sponseller: 2 for 3, walk
Evan Haas: 3 QAB’s, RBI
Cole Harting: 2 for 4
Nick Niehoff: 2 QAB’s
Max Johnson: 2 QAB’s RBI
The Comets closed out a perfect 3-0 week with a 10-1 road win today at Fairfield. With the win, Mason (14-3 overall, 11-1 in the GMC) maintained a two 1/2 game lead in the GMC with six conference games remaining.
Nick Northcut (2-1), started and won it for Mason today, pitching the first five innings. He allowed just one earned run on four hits while striking out five. Patrick Lantry pitched two scoreless innings in relief, striking out one.
Mason jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings of play to take firm control of the game. In the Comets’ first, the first three batters of the game (Joe Powell, Nick Northcut, J.P. Sponseller) all singled to load the bases. One out later, Cole Harting ripped a two-run double and Mason Holloway’s RBI single put the Comets up 4-0. Mason’s second inning was capped off by a 2-run home run by J.P. Sponseller to make it a 7-0 ball game. Leaders on offense for Mason today included:
Nick Niehoff: 3 for 4, double, RBI
Nick Northcut: 2 for 3, RBI
Joe Powell: 3 for 4, double
J.P. Sponseller: 2 for 4, 2-run home run
Cole Harting: double, 2 RBI’s
With today’s two-hit performance, Nick Northcut became the all-time hits leader in the history of Mason High School. Both he and Nick Niehoff were presented with game balls after the game by Comets’ skipper Curt Bly.
In a rather bizarre game that was tied 2-2 as the Comets came to bat in the bottom of the fifth, Mason scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and nine more in the sixth to overwhelm the visiting Fairfield Indians by a final score of 14-4 in six innings.
Rollie Sheriff (4-1) continued his solid season on the mound, pitching a complete game three-hitter. He allowed just one earned run while striking out ten to drive his season ERA down to an impressive 1.17. The Mason infield committed five errors on the day, allowing Fairfield to get within a run at 5-4 before the floodgates opened in the Mason sixth.
With the score tied 2-2 and two outs in the fifth, Mason Holloway delivered an RBI single and Harrison Johnson followed with a two-run triple to put the Comets up 5-2. In the sixth, Mason sent thirteen batters to the plate, capitalizing on six walks to go with five hits in the big nine run inning. Leaders on offense for Mason included:
Nick Northcut: 2 for 3, double, RBI
Joe Powell: single, 2 RBI’s
Mason Holloway: 2 for 3, 3 RBI’s
Harrison Johnson: 2 for 3, triple, 3 RBI’s
J.P. Sponseller: double
Another outstanding performance by the Mason pitching staff coupled with yet another productive first inning from the offense added up to a 5-0 shutout of Hamilton at home to earn the Comets a sweep of the two-game series.
Will Pfennig (4-0) was masterful on the mound again for the Comets, pitching six innings and striking out twelve. Kenyon Abbott continued his solid season in relief, pitching the final inning and striking out two.
In the Comets’ first inning, Joe Powell and Nick Northcut led off the game with singles. J.P. Sponseller immediately followed with a 3-run homer. Mason would add another run in the first to lead 4-0. And, Pfennig and Abbott took it from there. Leaders on offense for Mason included:
J.P. Sponseller: 3 run home run
Nick Northcut: 2 for 2, 3 QAB’s, double
Evan Haas: 3 QAB’s
Mason Holloway: 3 QAB’s, RBI
Ben Kraus: double
Today’s win marked the 100th career win for Mason Head Coach Curt Bly in just his fifth season at the helm for the Comets.
Behind a solid pitching performance from Patrick Lanty and Kenyon Abbott, Mason held on to win a thriller over Hamilton Thursday night at University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium as part of the Cincinnati Reds Futures Showcase Series. The final score was 4-2. With the win, the Comets retained sole possession of first place in the GMC with a 8-1 record (10-2 overall) at the mid point of the GMC league schedule.
Patrick Lantry was the Comets starter tonight and got a no decision, as he left the game with one out in the fifth inning with the score tied 2-2. Lantry’s line on the night: four and 2/3 innings, two earned runs, four hits, and six strikeouts. Kenyon Abbott (2-0) earned the win in relief for Mason, pitching the final two and 2/3 innings. Abbott inherited a two on, two out situation in the Hamilton fifth. After issuing a walk to load the bases, Abbott got the next batter to ground out to second to keep the game tied at two apiece. He would go on to pitch two more scoreless innings, allowing no hits while striking out three.
The Mason offense was stymied for much of the night due to a solid performance by Hamilton starter Eric Roberts, who came in to the game with a 2-0 record and a 1.17 ERA. Trailing 1-0 in the third, Joe Powell reached on an error and Nick Northcut walked with one out. An RBI single by J.P. Sponseller and a SAC Fly from Evan Haas put the Comets up 2-1. Hamilton tied the game at 2-2 in their half of the fourth. And, that is where things remained until the seventh inning.
Cadin Neuhaus pinch hit for Max Johnson to lead off the Mason seventh and drew a walk. After Johnson re-entered to run for Neuhaus, Joe Powell put down a perfect bunt single. One out later, a wild pitch put runners at second and third for J.P. Sponseller, who was intentionally walked to load the bases. Evan Haas then hit a ground ball to short with the shortstop throwing to the plate for the force out – the second out of the inning. Cole Harting then hit a chopper to a charging shortstop. Hustling down the line, Harting beat the throw to drive in the go ahead run. In the process, Hamilton’s shortstop threw wide at first, allowing a second run to score on the error.
For his efforts at the plate tonight (2 for 3, RBI, walk) as well as his defense in centerfield, Cole Harting was named the game MVP by the staff of the Cincinnati Reds Futures Showcase Series.
Following Monday’s tough one-run loss at home to Lakota East, the Comets were definitely ready to complete today as they rolled in to East with starting pitcher Will Pfennig for the back half of their two-game GMC series with the Thunderhawks. Pfennig (3-0) and the Comets took care of business in pounding Lakota East in six innings by a final score of 12-1. With the win, Mason took over sole possession of first place with a 7-1 record in conference play, 9-2 overall.
Pfennig pitched the first five innings today, allowing just a first inning earned run and one hit on the day. He struck out ten. A.J. Kraus pitched a scoreless sixth, recording one strikeout. As a pitching staff, Mason’s team ERA is an impressive 1.38 on the season thus far.
Trailing 1-0 through two innings of play, the Mason offense kicked in to high gear in the third. Following walks to Harrison Johnson and Joe Powell, Nick Northcut delivered a big two-out single to left to tie the game at 1-1. J.P. Sponseller immediately followed with a two-run double to deep right field to put the Comets up 3-1.
The Comets played long ball after that to pummel the Thunderhawks. In the fourth, Nick Northcut hit a three run bomb that traveled half way to Middletown. That same inning, Harrison Johnson lined a pitch over the 395 sign in straight away center, a two run homer. After a single run scored in the Mason fifth inning, J.P. Sponseller hit a towering three run homer to right field in the sixth to make it a 12-1 ballgame.
The Mason offense continued it’s trend of solid production early in games. That, combined with excellent pitching earned the Comets a two-game series sweep over Colerain as the Comets won on the road today by a final score of 8-2.
Rollie Sheriff moved to 3-1 on the season with the win, pitching 4 2/3 innings. He allowed no earned runs and struck out seven. Patrick Lantry pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out two. Both Mason hurlers made great pitches in tough situations today to strand Colerain base runners, eliminating chances for big innings.
After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, the Comets continued to keep pressure on Colerain all afternoon as they gradually widened their lead. Leaders on offense today included:
Joe Powell: 2 for 3, double, SAC Fly
J.P. Sponseller: 2 for 3
Cole Harting: 2 for 4
Harrison Johnson: 3 for 3
Max Johnson: 2 for 3
Evan Haas: pinch hit double
A bazaar first inning in which Lakota East scored four runs on just one base hit proved to be too much for the Comets to overcome as they dropped a GMC game at home to the Thunderhawks by a final score of 5-4.
Nick Northcut (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound for Mason as he battled hard for five innings to keep his team in the game. Northcut allowed two earned runs on just two hits while striking out eight and walking four. Kenyon Abbott turned in another solid performance in relief, tossing two scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit and one walk, and struck out two.
After the tough first inning, Mason battled back all day to make this a close game right to the end. The Comets plated two runs in the fourth to cut the East lead to 4-2. After East picked up a single run in their half of the fifth, Mason scored two in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-4 ballgame. The Comets had two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but could not muster a late rally. Leaders on offense today for Mason:
J.P. Sponseller: 2 for 3, triple, two runs scored
Nick Northcut: 3 QAB’s, double
Ben Kraus: 3 QAB’s
The Comets travel to Colerain on Tuesday, April 10th to attempt a sweep in their two-game season series with the Cardinals. Mason is currently tied with Hamilton for the GMC lead with a 5-1 record in conference play.
For the second game in a row, Mason jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Comets rode another dominating performance on the mound from Will Pfennig to blank Colerain at home by a final score of 8-0.
Pfennig (2-0) delivered a carbon copy of his performance down in Tennessee a week ago, fanning 13 Colerain hitters as he pitched the first six innings allowing just three hits. As Pfennig walked off the mound after striking out the side in the first, virtually everyone in the ballpark and both dugouts knew the Cardinals had their hands full today. Kenyon Abbott came on in the seventh for Mason to complete the shutout win.
The Mason offense fed off of Pfennig’s energy on the mound and went to work quickly. Singles by Joe Powell and Nick Northcut, an RBI double by J.P. Sponseller, RBI singles from Evan Haas and Mason Holloway, and an RBI triple from Cole Harting highlighted the Mason first inning as the Comets sent eight hitters to the plate. The Comets would go on to add single runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth inning.
The Mason offense struck quickly tonight, plating four runs in the top of the first inning as the Comets coasted to an 8-2 win at Princeton to complete a two-game GMC series sweep.
In the Mason first, Joe Powell led off the game with a single, one of his three hits on the day – including a double and two RBI’s. Nick Northcut followed with a walk (his first of three in the game). J.P. Sponseller hit a single to load the bases with nobody out. Evan Haas then delivered the big blow of the day – a laser shot over the left field wall to put the Comets up 4-0. Haas finished with two hits and five RBI’s on the day.
Rollie Sheriff improved to 2-1 on the season with the win, pitching the first five innings. He allowed no earned runs on just two hits and struck out seven. A.J. Kraus came on in relief to pitch the final two frames for Mason. Kraus allowed an earned run on two hits and struck out one.
The Comets, currently 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the GMC, return home Friday, April 6th at 5:00 PM to begin a two game series with Colerain.
Thanks to the generosity of the baseball staff at Miami University, the Comets were once again able to avoid a rainout on Monday and play their home game vs. Princeton on the Redhawks home turf field in Oxford, OH. After scoring one run in the first inning, Mason exploded for six runs in the second and coasted to a 9-1 win.
Patrick Lantry (2-0) got the start and win for the Comets, pitching the first five innings. Lantry allowed four hits and no earned runs while striking out six. Nick Niehoff pitched the final two innings in relief, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out three.
Leaders on offense for Mason included:
Evan Haas: 3-4 QAB’s, triple, 2 RBI’s
Cole Harting: double, 2 RBI’s
Joe Powell: two singles, RBI
J.P. Sponseller: 3-3 QAB’s, RBI
Max Johnson: 2-2 QAB’s, RBI
Mason closed out their 3-day Tennessee Spring Trip with 9-7 win over Munford (TN) to finish 2-1 on the trip.
Kevin Uth (1 and 2/3), Kenyon Abbott (2 and 1/3) and A.J. Kraus (3 inn.) combined to limit Munford to seven hits on the day. It was Abbott’s (1-0) varsity debut on the mound and he came away with the win. Kraus earned the save, his first as a Mason Comet.
The Comets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and were in control throughout, scoring three more times in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth. A balanced attack on offense by the entire Comets squad was highlighted by:
Max Johnson: 3-4 QAB’s, 2 RBI’s
Joe Powell: 3-4 QAB’s,
Colin Crowe: 3-4 QAB’s, double, RBI
Ben Kraus: 3-4 QAB’s, RBI
Nick Northcut: 4-4 QAB’s, RBI
Mason kicked off their 2018 Spring Break trip in Murfreesboro, TN on Friday night, March 30th and things could not have gone much better for the Comets. Behind a dominating performance on the mound from senior Will Pfennig, Mason defeated McCracken County, a 2017 Kentucky State Regional Champion, by a final score of 2-0. Pfennig tossed a complete game 2-hitter, recording 13 strikeouts on the night.
The Comets scored both of their runs in the fifth inning. Mason Holloway led off the inning with a base hit, was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Harrison Johnson, and moved to third on an infield ground out. After a walk to Max Johnson, Joe Powell ripped a single to left field to score Holloway. Nick Northcut followed with a another single to left field to score Johnson.
The Comets faced another tough opponent in the nightcap of their doubleheader on Friday night, March 30th, facing the tournament host Riverdale, TN on their home field. With the game tied 1-1 in the fifth inning, Mason committed a couple of costly miscues on the infield in the fifth inning which ultimately led to their 3-1 defeat.
Nick Northcut started on the mound for Mason, pitching the first four innings. He allowed an earned run on just two hits while striking out four. Despite pitching well, Rollie Sheriff (0-1) suffered the loss for the Comets. He allowed an earned run on two hits while striking out four.
Like the host Riverdale Warriors, the Comets could only scratch out four base hits on the night in a well-pitched game by both clubs. Following walks to Max Johnson (who stole second) and Nick Northcut in the third inning, J.P. Sponseller delivered a one out sacrifice fly to drive in Mason’s lone run in the game.
The Comets were fortunate to play today on a dreary and rainy day in Mason. Our friends at Prasco rose to the occasion, enabling the game to be played on turf. Mason took care of business in defeating Middletown 12-1 in 5 innings to sweep the 2-game GMC series.
Patrick Lantry (1-0) got the start and win for the Comets. In his first varsity appearance, the senior righthander allowed just one earned run and one hit while striking out four over his four innings of work. Junior lefty Nick Niehoff also made his varsity debut today, pitching a scoreless fifth inning.
Mason presented a potent and balanced attack at the plate today, highlighted by:
J. P. Sponseller: 3-3 QAB, 3B, 3 RBI’s
Nick Northcut: 2-3 QAB, 2 doubles
Joe Powell: 2-3 QAB
Mason Holloway: 2-3 QAB, 2 RBI’s
Harrison Johnson: 3-3 QAB, 3B, RBI
Cadin Neuhaus: 2-3 QAB, RBI
Cole Harting: 2B, 2 RBI’s
Evan Haas: 3B, RBI
The Comets opened the 2018 season on the road in a GMC matchup at Middletown today. The Mason offense plated three runs in the second and three more in the third before erupting for eight runs in the fifth en route to a 15-2 win over the Middies.
Rollie Sheriff (1-0) got the ball for Mason and was impressive in his four innings of work, allowing no runs and three hits while striking out seven. Evan Kemp pitched the final inning for Mason and struck out the side after the Comets defense allowed a couple of unearned runs to score.
Mason’s offense generated many quality at bats today, highlighted by:
Joe Powell: 2-4 QAB, triple, 5 RBI’s
Cole Harting: 3-3 QAB, double, 2 RBI’s
Nick Northcut: 2-4 QAB, home run, 2 RBI’s
Harrison Johnson: 3-3 QAB, RBI
Ben Kraus: 2-4 QAB, RBI
J.P. Sponseller: 3-4 QAB, 2 stolen bases
Mason Holloway: 2-3 QAB