SEYMOUR — The postseason is just around the corner and Moravia has put together several strong performances as their 3-2 win over Seymour last week was their fifth win in a row.
Seymour scored their only two runs in the first inning with Brody Tuttle scoring on a wild pitch and Angler Parham driving in another run on a RBI single.
Moravia’s Cason Butz’s was nearly unhittable from thereon out, as he would go through a stretch where he retired seven straight Seymour batters, six by way of strikeouts. He finished with 11 strikeouts on the night while giving up three hits and four walks.
The Mohawk offense would get on the board in the third inning on a Ty Campbell wild pitch and later in the fourth on another wild pitch scoring the tying run.
Tuttle would come in for Campbell with runners on second and third with one out and the top of the Moravia lineup. Tuttle wouldn’t flinch and would strikeout both batters to keep the game tied at two through four innings. Tuttle went on a strikeout streak of his own, setting down five of the first six batters he faced by strikes.
Then with two outs in the top of the seventh, Casey Smith would come through with the biggest hit of the night. A two-out hit to right field would score the go-ahead run and give Smith a chance to get the save to go along with the potentially winning hit.
Smith got into a little bit of trouble trying to close out the game. The first three Warriors would reach base but his left fielder would help him out. On a Tuttle base hit to left field, Jaden Enright would round third and try to score from second only to be gunned out at the plate on a laser throw from freshman left fielder Kaleb Templeton to keep Moravia up by one.
A Campbell hit-by-pitch would load the bases for eighth grader Cason Spurgeon. The Smith and Spurgeon dual was something to behold as the eighth grader would fight off several tough pitches in a long at-bat that eventually ended in a strikeout.
Parham then stepped in as Seymour’s last hope with a chance to tie or win it with a base hit. Instead, Smith would get him to fly out to center for a nail-bitting win for Moravia.
Moravia (14-8) are back at home on Monday at 6 p.m. to battle New London (5-10). Seymour (6-14) will try to bounce back at Orient-Macksburg (1-18) on Tuesday.