Varsity baseball, 1-and-done in GMC tourney

The Varsity baseball team has never won the Greater Miami Conference Championship. Their record shines bright at 14 – 8 and they sit in third place behind Mason and Lakota West, respectively.

After a loss to Milford in the GMC tournament, SHS looks to rebound next season. They were 16 and nine including the loss to Milford. They have a lot to build on for next season.
After a loss to Milford in the GMC tournament, SHS looks to rebound next season. They were 16 – 9 including the loss to Milford. They have a lot to build on for next season. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

For the last two years, Mason has dominated the conference going a combined 46 – 9 and winning the last two conference championships. Previous to that, the conference title was shared by Lakota East and Lakota West.

Before the start of the 2014 baseball season, SHS hired former player/student Josh Mason to help right the ship after a disastrous 2013 season, where SHS went a dismal 5 – 18.

“Coach Mason was a huge help during the season, he honestly helped every level of baseball,” said Zach Marks, 9.

SHS opened the season up on Apr. 1 against the Colerain Cardinals and won 7 to 5 and that spurred a stunning seven game winning streak that included key wins against Goshen, Middletown, and Lakota East.

Following that unbelievable winning streak, SHS lost the next five games. They were outscored 37 to 17 by a trio of teams including Hamilton, Fairfield, and Mason.

“At the time, those losses were pretty devastating, we just had to keep our head up and continue to play the best possible baseball,” said Trevor Morgan, 12.

At the time, SHS was sitting at 7 – 5 and preparing for a dangerous Carlson, MI baseball team to come to town. The team beat them 10 – 0 behind dominant pitching by Mathew Groene, 12.

At the beginning of May, the team’s record stood at 11 – 7. They were still sitting in the top half of the division with such a great record.

SHS was 5 – 2 at the beginning of May and was entering the last week of the season. They beat Oak Hills, Lebanon, Princeton, Lakota West, and Madeira

The team played their final two games against Lakota East. They split the series each winning one game. SHS lost the first game 5 to 3 and won the second game 11 to 6.

At the end of the season, all of the GMC teams play in the conference tournament. SHS played at Milford in the first round and lost 7 to 1.

This concluded their season, giving them an overall record of 16 – 9. Compared to last season they won 11 more games.

“I am pleased on how my baseball season ended, I wish we could have gone farther in the playoffs, but overall I am satisfied with the season,” said Dean Formal, 12.