Fort Myers, FL---The Mosley Dolphins came up a few runs shy of the 6A State Championship Thursday, falling to Archbishop McCarthy 5-2 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.
Mosley scored first in the game with a Bowen McGuffin single to left which scored Jordan Larry from third.
The Mavericks matched that run against Mosley starter Andrew Deramo, a Brian Gonzalez double down the left field line driving that run in.
McCarthy starter Andres Nunez settled down a bit, keeping Mosley from any serious threats in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings.
Not so for Deramo, two walks to lead off the bottom of the third had Mosley coach Todd Harless walking to the mound to change pitchers, going to the senior Joey Hair. A bunt moved the two runners to second and third and Brandon Vicens followed with a shot high off the left field wall, plating both runners.
Vicens later scored on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly to deep center, making it a 4-1 game.
The Dolphins did load the bases in the top of the 5th on a walk, single and a hit batsman, but with two outs, Brady Bell's soft liner to left was caught by the left fielder, ending that threat.
The Mavericks added an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th, Mosley matched that run with an rbi double by Larry. But the Dolphins could do no more, Bell's comebacker to Nunez ended it, 5-2 the final.
So Mosley's final record ends up 28-4, the team going down as one of the best in school, and Bay County history.
Afterwards coach Harless gave props to McCarthy!
"I mean, you know, making it down here to only have two teams left. I mean, we had to play a really good team. That's their fourth straight state title. Seems like they just reload. They only have five seniors this year and have 15 Juniors so looks like they might be coming back next year too."
The coach also talked about what an amazing effort his group of seniors put in over the last four years.
"I was trying to think going into Senior Rec day the other day and I know at that time they were like 89-20 and then we won 3 games since then so their 92-21 in four years. I mean, it's amazing what they've done. They have accomplished every goal, playing in the State Championship game, just came up a little short today."
The team is set to arrive back at Mosley for a celebration in the Redfern Gym at 5 o'clock Friday.