MORAVIA — The Mohawks are back in the district finals after a 10-0 blowout win over Wayne.
Moravia returns to finals after dropping a close 3-2 battle to Colfax-Mingo in extra innings in 2017. This year, they get a chance at redemption as they will face Central Decatur, a team they lost to in the district semifinals last year.
The Mohawks jumped on the Falcons early and wouldn’t let up as they ended the game by run rule after five innings.
They opened the game with four runs in the first inning as Casey Smith’s hard-hit single the left, with the help of an error by the left fielder, would score two runs. Smith then scored on a first and third steal as the throw went to second. Matthew Seals later scored on a wild pitch.
Another Wayne wild pitch in the second inning would score Wil Martin from third, extending Moravia’s lead to 5-0.
Cason Butz then launched one deep to center off of a leaping Wayne center fielder’s glove for a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning.
A pair of RBI singles by Smith and Gage Hanes would put the game-ending run on third in the fifth. A wild pickoff throw by Wayne would allow Seals to jog home and put Moravia up 10-0 to end the game.
Butz and Smith both had a pair of hits and RBIs for Moravia, who got an excellent start from Hunter Arbogast on the mound. Arbogast had one of his best outings of the season, pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
The Mohawks are now two wins away from their first state tournament berth since 1988.
Moravia (18-11) will battle Central Decatur (12-17) at home on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the district title and a ticket to the substate final.