PONTE VEDRA-- The trip to the Jacksonville area Monday turns into serious heartbreak for the Mosley softball team, which loses it's 5A region final to Ponte Vedra by a score of 1-0.
That lone run coming in the bottom of the 5th, when according to Mosley head coach Brian Wilke, the home plate umpired seemed to shrink down the strike zone a bit for Dolphins ace Katie Lopes. In that inning Lopes gave up a single and three walks. The last of those three walks forcing in the eventual game winning run.
Mosley struggled offensively against Ponte Vedra's ace Avery Geehr who pitched a two-hit shutout, only allowing one Mosley runner to reach second base in the game.
Lopes meanwhile finishing with a 4-hitter, with 9 strikeouts. That just two days after a stellar complete game performance in Sunday's 3-1 win over Wakulla.
After the game coach Wilke told us the game had to be held up because the umpiring crew from Tallahassee that was supposed to work the game, didn't show. Ponte Vedra then called upon a crew of local umpires to work the game, even though playoff games are supposed to be called by crews from outside the area of the home team. Wilke believes the home plate umpire did a decent job overall, but really felt like some strike calls were missed in that crucial 5th inning.
Mosley's record winds up 17-7, and for a second straight season, the season ends in the region finals.
The attached video shows the following:
-Pontre Vedra though coming in undefeated, and gunning for it's 29th win on the season.
-Katie Lopes who pitched Mosley to the 3-1 win Saturday, strong yet again, she strikes 6 through the first three innings.
-Game still scoreless into the bottom of the 5th, as Mosley coach Brian Wilke put it, the home plate umpire got rather stingy with the strike zone, Lopes gives up a single and 3 walks, forcing in a run with the last of those three walks.
-hat one run would be enough for Sharks ace, Avery Geehr, who goes the distance with a two hit shutout, the liner ends it.
1-0 the final, Mosley winds up 17-7 on the season.