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July 17, 2014

Moravia Mohawks fall in tight district battle

BUSSEY — The Moravia Mohawks lost in a nine-inning district affair on Tuesday, as the season ended for the young squad.

Southeast Warren scored a walk-off run with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, defeating Moravia 3-2 in the opening round of district play.

In the fourth inning, Southeast Warren drew first blood, with one run to take a 1-0 lead. Moravia would quickly tie the game in the top of the fifth, when Griffin Cosgrove scored on a sacrifice fly by Briar Cochran.

An error by Moravia would allow Southeast Warren to send a runner home in the bottom of the fifth, giving them a 2-1 lead over Moravia after five innings.

Tyler Knapp would score for Moravia in the top of the sixth, tying the game once again at 2-2.

Moravia retired Southeast Warren 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Moravia’s Cochran drew a lead off walk but would not get past second base.

Southeast Warren had the bases loaded with just one-out in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, Moravia forced a fly-out and a line-out to get out of the inning and send the game to extra innings.

Both sides went quiet in the eighth inning. Moravia had one-runner reach first base, but he would eventually be picked off. Southeast Warren went 1-2-3 on a flyout and two strikeouts.

After Moravia was retired 1-2-3, they forced Southeast Warren to two-quick outs in the bottom of the ninth.

A single followed by a walk put runners at first and second. An error by the short stop would score Gabe Henderson, giving Southeast Warren the walk-off victory.

Eighth grader Mateo Varese pitched all 8.2 innings for Moravia, as he was credited with the loss.

Varese led the Mohawks in retiring the first six Southeast Warren batters to come up to home plate. The Mohawks withstood a bases loaded jam in the third inning, with Varese recording the final out on a strikeout to keep Southeast Warren scoreless at the time. Moravia held Southeast Warren scoreless in the seventh as well, when Southeast Warren had the bases loaded with only one-out.

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