Mosley holds back Rutherford to remain unbeaten at 8-0


Mosley’s Brady Bell dives in safely to score a second-inning run as Rutherford catcher Jeremy Leno turns to apply a late tag. The Dolphins remained unbeaten on the season with a 5-3 win over the Rams on Saturday, the game played at Bay High School.

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Published: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 07:46 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Where the game ended up being played almost seemed as important as where it ended up on the scoreboard.

Except that this was Rutherford and Mosley in baseball on Saturday afternoon, and in revamped District 1-5A. Never mind that Mosley’s 5-3 victory eventually was achieved on Bay’s William Weeks Field, of all places.

More importantly, it enabled the Dolphins to remain unbeaten at 8-0 and 4-0 in the district. Rutherford is 4-2, 3-2, with both losses to Mosley, the Class 6A state runner-up last season.

Mosley’s home game was postponed from Friday, and initially was expected to be shifted to Bozeman because of spongy outfield conditions at Harry Frank Field. Late Saturday morning it was moved closer in town to Bay because some athletes for both schools were taking the college-entrance ACT test in the morning, Mosley coach Todd Harless said.

It seemed as though Rutherford didn’t get wind of the switch until it was too late. The Rams made five errors in the first three innings as Mosley rather easily claimed a 5-0 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Oh, the Dolphins had their moments in a game where all but two of the eight runs were unearned. Freshman reliever Weston Bizzle settled down after a rocky sixth inning to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh and Mosley maintained its district dominance.

“They’re a scrappy team, they’re not going to give up,” Harless said of the Rams. “We have to teach our guys to stay focused the entire game and not give them a glimmer of hope, or they’re capable of coming up with a big hit at any time.

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