MORAVIA — A flurry of runs early made it look like it was going to be shootout but both teams would then settle into the game with Moravia coming out on top 6-3.
All nine runs in the game came in the first three innings with Melcher-Dallas scoring one run in each of those innings and Moravia plating three in the first and second.
Hunter Arbogast led off the bottom half of the first with a triple. One batter later he would score on a Bryce Kaster RBI single. Kaster later scored on a wild pitch.
Then in the second inning, Wil Martin would come in to score on a RBI sacrifice fly to center by Arbogast. The Mohawks then got RBI hits from Casey Smith and Ethan Martin to increase their lead.
The bats went quiet for the final four innings as neither team got a runner past second base. The Saints had a tough time making contact as 10 of their final 15 at-bats ended in strikeouts.
Those strikeouts came courtesy of Smith and Arbogast. Smith opened the game, pitching the first two innings before coming back in for the final four outs. He would get the win after giving up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts. Arbogast pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.
With the win, Moravia advance to the district semifinal for a fourth consecutive year.
Moravia (17-11) will host their district semifinal matchup against Wayne (11-11) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.