By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
The weather has been anything but perfect for the opening of high school baseball this spring, but it hasn’t dampened the spirits – or play – of the four Greater Catholic League South Division teams. Entering today’s scheduled games, the GCL South is a perfect 7-0 in non-conference games so far, with Elder, La Salle and Moeller each posting 2-0 records, and defending league champion St. Xavier winning the only game it has played to date.
Elder opened the GCL South season with a 5-2 win against Centerville on March 24, the first day of the regular season per Ohio High School Athletic Association rules. Two days later, all four league teams were in action and posted a combined 4-0 record against the opposition – including a pair of one-run victories by Moeller, 4-3, over Hamilton Badin, and St. Xavier, which opened with a 2-1 win against Milford. Elder defeated Highlands, one of Northern Kentucky’s top teams, 5-2, while La Salle recorded an 8-0 shutout win against Conner.
Inclement weather prevented the teams from playing again until last Saturday, when Moeller bested Ryle, 3-0, and La Salle defeated Beechwood, 7-3, to give the GCL South a perfect 4-0 mark against Northern Kentucky teams. Weather permitting, all four are scheduled to play today with St. Xavier hosting Cabell Midland from Ona, West Virginia in a doubleheader slated for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy in Roselawn. The Bombers will send Indiana University commit Nathan Kappers to the mound in game one, followed by highly regarded sophomore Wyatt Hudepohl getting the ball in game two.
La Salle travels to Tennessee to face Ensworth at 4:!5 p.m. today, while Badin – a member of the GCL Co-Ed Division and always a solid baseball program – plays Elder at 5 p.m. at the Panther Athletic Complex. Moeller travels to Kentucky to face Conner at 5 p.m. at UC Health Stadium located just off Interstate 75. The stadium is home to the Frontier League Florence Freedom.