LYNN HAVEN — It’s too early to say that Mosley’s baseball team is on cruise control. But the Dolphins are close.
Austin Bizzle scattered five hits and Mosley surged past Crestview 6-3 at Harry Frank Field on Thursday. The victory pushed the Dolphins to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in District 2-6A with their third straight district win in as many days. The defending 2-6A champion is atop the standings again at the midway point of a competitive grouping.
Mosley defeated Choctawhatchee 10-0 on Wednesday and Fort Walton Beach 10-2 on Tuesday. The Dolphins opened the season with three straight shutouts of Bay County opposition before falling to Niceville 6-2 on Feb. 21. Mosley was tied 2-2 before the late innings in the lone defeat.
“This is absolutely where we wanted to be,” Mosley coach Todd Harless said. “We did what we were supposed to do this week. We are the defending champs and we asked the team how they would respond after the loss.”
The answer was the three straight wins. Mosley also had to respond after Crestivew took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third during Bizzle’s most troublesome inning. He walked two and loaded the bases with two outs before Seth Thomason drove in Justin Abdo and Tyler Henderson for the lead.
Bowen McGuffin singled in Clay Causey to tie the game 2-2 in the fourth. Mosley loaded the bases with one out in the fifth and losing pitcher Davis Champion forced in a run when he hit Brady Bell with a pitch. Joey Hair scored a batter later on a passed ball for a 4-2 Mosley lead.
Jordan Larry singled home Bell and Hair’s groundout brought in McGuffin to cap Mosley’s scoring in the sixth. Bell stoked the outburst with a single, his third hit of the game after doubling in each the second and fifth.
Bizzle yielded his third and final run in the sixth when Corey Armstrong singled in Thomason, who doubled with one out. Bizzle had five strikeouts and along with Champion was efficient as the game ended after 90 minutes. Champion had five strikeouts and two walks while giving up nine hits in the loss.
Larry was 3 for 3 and McGuffin 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Larry also reached on a walk before being stranded at third base in the fifth.
Harless was pleased with Mosley’s ability to not only control Thursday’s game, but to play well despite a compact week made more strenuous with postponements.
“It was good to see us bounce back like that,” Harless said. “It was our third district game and we could have folded after they got those runs. That’s a testament to our toughness.”
Bizzle clamped down on Crestview in five of the seven innings in which the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2) didn’t score. Only one runner moved to second base with three others erased there on force outs.
“Anytime you beat Crestview it’s a good win and you did something right,” Harless said.
- Mosley will continue district play with a rematch against visiting Niceville at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
- Crestview 002 001 0 — 3 5 1
- Mosley 010 122 x — 6 9 0
- Champion (L) and Armstrong; Bizzle (W) and Gladden. 2B: Crestview (Thomason), Mosley 2 (Bell 2). LOB: Crestview 4, Mosley 5.