By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Elder, Moeller and St. Xavier are all looking to stay alive in the postseason beetball tournament later today, when the three Greater Catholic League South Division teams face difficult tests in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament. Elder meets West Clermont at Princeton High School, while Moeller travels to face Kings at Elder’s Panther Athletic Complex, and St. Xavier makes the trek to Hamilton High School to face Badin. All three games begin at 5 p.m., with the winners advancing to the district semifinals.
Elder (19-8), which has won four straight games and is 17-1 against non-league competition, meets a West Clermont team that finished in second place in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference – one game behind ECC co-champs Loveland and Milford. The Wolves (19-10) have consecutive tournament wins over Western Hills, 8-0, and Milford, 7-4 to advance. West Clermont faced only one GCL South team during the regular season, and was swept in a doubleheader by La Salle, losing 13-6 and 1-0 back on Sunday, April 8.
Moeller (22-6) and Kings (22-7) are two of the area’s hottest teams heading into their game. Moeller is riding an 13-game winning streak dating back to April 20, a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, while Kings has won seven straight and 11 of its last 12, the lone blemish an 8-5 loss to Milford on April 27. Kings started its current streak with a 12-11 win against Mason, and the Knights are 2-0 this season against the GCL South – having beaten La Salle, 10-5, on April 14, and Elder, 8-3, five days later. Moeller kept its streak alive with a 9-8 win against Ross on Tuesday in a regular-season game.
St. Xavier (16-9), which made the longest postseason run of the GCL South schools last season, definitely has a challenge against Badin (22-6). The Rams won the GCL Co-Ed Division Central Division championship this season, knocked off St. Xavier, 12-4, back on April 7, and coach Brian Treadway’s team is 2-2 against the GCL south – with victories against St. Xavier and La Salle, 7-3, and close losses to Moeller, 4-3, and Elder, 3-1, early in the season. St. Xavier is coming off a 6-5 loss against Loveland in a regular-season game Tuesday.