Big Moe Strike Out Cancer Game Suspended by Weather
April 27, 2012Cincinnati Moeller High School
This one was a happy tie
A good cause, but rain wins
10:45 PM, Apr. 25, 2012 |
Moeller and Elder played for a good cause on Wednesday night in their annual “Strike Out Cancer” game. Also at stake for the Greater Catholic League South rivals was regular season bragging rights.
But the stormy weather won in the end, postponing the game with the score tied 6-6 in the seventh.
Wednesday’s game, which will resume on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Schuler Park, left both teams feeling good about themselves as they approach the postseason.
Zack Shannon and Spencer Iacovone homered for Moeller, which jumped out to a five-run lead, only to see Elder rally to tie the score with a four-run sixth.
The game was delayed due to lightning at the start of the seventh inning, after being stopped twice to firm up the pitching mound due to the steady rain.
For Moeller, Wednesday’s game was in stark contrast to the first meeting on March 28 when Elder won 12-2 in five innings.
“We played a little better than the first time when they destroyed us,” said Crusaders coach Tim Held. “We’ve been in a little bit of a hitting funk lately. We feel good about the way we came out tonight.”
Shannon’s solo home run in the first inning put Moeller ahead, and Iacovone added a two-run homer in the third for the Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll and No. 3 in the state poll.
“We haven’t been hitting the way we should,” Shannon said. “It was nice to get off to a strong start today.”
Elder, ranked No. 4 in the Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll and No. 4 in the state poll, overcame a huge early deficit for the second consecutive night.
The Panthers rallied from a 9-run deficit to defeat Alter on Tuesday, 17-16 in eight innings.
“We don’t lack confidence at the plate,” said Elder head coach Mark Thompson. “We got down early again tonight. But we stayed the course.”
Wednesday’s game was the annual “Strike Out Cancer” game between Moeller and Elder.
The Pink Ribbon Girls organization was on hand to help raise awareness about breast cancer.
Both teams wore specially-designed caps with pink team logos and pink wristbands. Denise Simpson, cancer survivor and mother of Crusaders shortstop Jordan Simpson, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Ryan LeFevers tripled to left-center leading off the third and scored on Ty Amann’s single to right to put Moeller ahead 4-1. Iacovone’s line drive homer to left-center made the score 6-1.
Right-hander Joe Ramstetter pitched three shutout innings in relief of Elder starter Mitchell Asman.
Elder loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth innings but failed to score.
But the Panthers rallied in the sixth. The Panthers loaded the bases with no outs, and Jimmy White’s two-run double made the score 6-3. White later scored on a wild pitch to tie the score before the storm arrived.