High School Baseball

Beaufort High can't solve Summerville ace Mosay in 5-2 loss

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comMarch 29, 2014 

The Beaufort High School baseball team probably will be glad to see Zach Mosay move along.

The Summerville senior pitcher has tortured Eagles hitters in recent seasons. And the right-hander continued his dominance Friday, throwing a complete game to give the Green Wave a 5-2 victory on the road and the early edge in Region 8-AAAA.

Mosay allowed only three hits -- all during the third inning -- and faced the minimum number of Eagles in all but two innings.

Beaufort High's familiarity with Mosay didn't make its task less daunting.

"People think it's easier to know what to expect, but it kind of makes you think too much," said Beaufort High senior Carson Gregory, who drove in a run during the third inning and pitched five innings. "And I think that's what we did the whole night."

Beaufort High, which won at Fort Dorchester on Wednesday, is 1-1 in Region 8 and will need some help to overtake Summerville, which is 2-0 in the region and ranked No. 2 in the most recent S.C. Baseball Coaches Association poll.

Mosay, who will play at Spartanburg Methodist, said Summerville was familiar with Gregory from having seen him last season and wanted to wait out his off-speed pitches in favor of fastballs.

Mosay pulled a changeup over the left-field fence during the fifth inning for a home run to give Summerville the lead for good.

"We're going to face their best twice," Mosay said. "We knew what to expect, so (we need to) just keep capitalizing on mistakes."

First-year Beaufort High head coach Keith Riley said the Eagles were still in good shape at 4-2 overall. Friday's game showed his team where it stood, he said.

Summerville won Region 8 in 2013 but exited the Class 4-A playoffs with a 0-2 showing. Beaufort High, which finished runner-up to the Green Wave, went on to win the district title.

"We still want to win region," Gregory said. "We definitely want to go to playoffs. Just the same as last year -- go out there and play your game."

Beaufort High took a 2-1 lead during the third inning after a brief two-out rally. Alex Tokar singled and scored and Jordan Clegg scored on Gregory's base hit.

But that was as much as Mosay would allow.

He faced 13 batters over the next four innings -- hitting Gregory during the sixth inning was his only other mistake. He struck out nine.

Riley said the Eagles worked in batting practice Thursday hitting pitches on the corners and working in two-strike situations. But Mosay was better than a day's preparation.

"That's the best pitcher in the state right there," Riley said. "He's nasty."

Follow reporter Stephen Fastenau at twitter.com/IPBG_Stephen.

Summerville 5, Beaufort High 2

Summerville 100 111 1 -- 5 11 1

Beaufort High 002 000 0 -- 2 3 2

WP: Zach Mosay 7 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 9 K, 0 BB, HBP

LP: Carson Gregory 5 + IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 2 BB

Top hitters: Summerville -- Zach Mosay 2 for 2, HR, BB; T.J. Hopkins 2 for 4, 2B, RBI; Billy Peatross 2 for 4, RBI; Sawyer Bridges 2 for 4, RBI. Beaufort High -- Carson Gregory 1 for 2, RBI, HBP; Alex Tokar 1 for 3, R; Jordan Clegg 1 for 3, R.

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