Mosley, Rutherford set for classic regional baseball rematch


Mosley and Rutherford will stage a rematch in the Region 1-5A semifinal. The teams will meet for the fourth time this season.

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Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 03:54 PM.

It wasn’t mosquitoes. No, not gnats, either.

If you’ve been hearing a buzz in the air, most likely it’s the excitement building for Tuesday's 7 p.m. Region 1-5A baseball semifinal.

Rutherford, 22-4, hosts Mosley, 25-3, to decide which team moves on to next week’s region championship. Anticipation for the fourth meeting of the teams not only is rooted in two regular-season meetings, both won by Mosley, but spiked when Rutherford edged the Dolphins two weeks ago for the district championship.

In one sense, Tuesday’s outcome decides only which team takes the next step and which one ends its season, but it seems magnified in importance because rarely do intracounty rivals meet this late in the state playoffs.

Rutherford coach Jon Hudson and Mosley coach Todd Harless both spoke to that premise.

“We’ve got to win two ballgames to get there” Final Four, Hudson said, “and while our guys are aware there is more excitement this doesn’t end anything. It’s exciting playing Mosley in this round, but we’ve just talked about where we’re at.”

Said Harless, “Our mindset is that it’s another playoff game. Just because they’re 10 miles away doesn’t change that. We’ve got to score one more run than them” to keep advancing.

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