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Mason Comets take down Twinsburg 8-1 to win the Division I State Championship; first in school history

AKRON, OH- The second game was a heartbreaker. All good things must come to an end. What Twinsburg did this season was incredible and will always be remembered. The community rallied behind them and left a mark on the town and the high school baseball world in Ohio.

Somebody had to be the villain at some point for the Tigers run, and a star-studded Mason was just that today. Mason won their first-ever State championship in school history.

“I can’t stop smiling; we've been dreaming about this for so long,” Jacob Hanley said post-game. “Some of the guys were talking about this last year, but it just feels different when your number is up there. You know there’s 17 of us, and every guy in this game is the best of us.”

Hanley and his team will forever remember this day. The Comets put together a fantastic game, beating Twinsburg 8-1.

Mason was the first team to score and never looked back. The Comets went up 8-0 before allowing the Tigers to score their first and only run of the game. They got things started in the top of the 2nd on an RBI single from Casey Doner to go up 1-0.

It stayed 1-0 until the top of the 5th when Drew Stevens smacked a 2-run double to put them up 3-0.

Drew Stevens drills a 2-run double for the Comets in the 5th

Mark Rutherford would follow with an RBI single making it a 4-0 game.

The Comets would really break it open in the top of the 6th. It was Rutherford again this time with a 2-run single to cap off a 4-run inning that broke this one open at 8-0.

The Tigers were able to tack on a run in the bottom of the 6th on a wild pitch. Mason took the game 8-1 and clinched the first state title in school history.

Mark Rutherford led the way offensively with a pair of hits and 3 RBI. Alex Koelling, Jake Hanley and Casey Doner each had a pair of base hits. Michael Bilo was solid on the mound allowing only 2 hits and 1 run in 5-1/3 innings while striking out 6.

Mason has been one of the best teams in Ohio every year and went through, by far, one of the most complex regions in all of Ohio.

Masons head coach Curt Bly has created one of the best programs and coached a fantastic game today.

“Pretty awesome, feels great, you know, and I told other people I couldn’t help but think about the players that came before this group and what they’ve done to lay the foundation and make this possible. You know, when that last out was recorded, those were the names that ran through my head. Guys that played for us before and got us to the edge of this accomplishment,” Coach Bly said post-game.

Coach Bly and Mason will work to continue to use this season as a blueprint as they did with previous seasons to continue to produce success.

Twinsburg will look to carry the momentum from this seasons into next year.


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