CRAWFORDVILLE — Different classification. Same result.
Mosley had to survive a ninth-inning scare before scoring the winning run on freshman Weston Bizzle’s single in the 10th to finally deter Wakulla 8-7 Thursday in their 1-5A baseball quarterfinal.
Mosley opened its regional tournament the way it did in 2013 — on the road. The Dolphins led 6-1 early, but when the War Eagles rallied were stretched to their limit while advancing to the semifinals.
Last season, Mosley participated in Class 6A and finished as state runner-up despite not hosting a playoff game.
Unbeaten ace Andrew Deramo was on the mound when the War Eagles, 16-8, began their rally in the fourth inning, pulling within 6-4.
Bizzle came on with nobody out and went seven full innings to also pick up the win. He had three hits including the game-winning RBI as Mosley improved to 25-3.
“We had some opportunities to put it away, they made a couple of good defensive plays, and we made probably four of the worst bonehead mistakes running bases,” Mosley coach Todd Harless said.
“It was a slick track, but then it was the same track for both teams.”
Mosley led early when Bo McGuffin stroked a two-run double and Dillon Brown and Sean Maddox had RBIs. Following Wakulla’s rally, the Dolphins scored again in the fifth, but Jay Estes’ two-run home run tied it 7-7 in Wakulla’s half.
It remained that way until freshman Brendon Fox struck out to open Mosley’s 10th, but reached when the ball got away from the catcher and took second when the throw to first was wild.
Maddox bunted Fox to third, and with two outs Bizzle’s single up the middle brought in the deciding run.
The script might not have been one that Harless preferred, but the bottom line was that his team is still playing.
“That’s what I told the guys after the game,” Harless said. “We knew Wakulla would come back. They’re well-coached and they’re just a tough team. They didn’t panic.
“We had a couple of chances (in extra innings), but they had a couple of chances. Really, they probably should have won the game in the bottom of the ninth.”
Harless said the War Eagles had a runner on third base with one out and tried a safety squeeze that didn’t work, the runner holding. The hitter then swung away and Bizzle struck him out.
“Then Weston Bizzle threw a perfect curveball for the strikeout,” Harless said.
Harless said it was too early to predict who he would start on the mound against Rutherford.
“I feel like I’m in good shape whichever guy I throw,” he said. “But we’ll know more on Monday.”