Longtime Mason baseball coach Ken Gray knew the Comets would have a special team this spring, but he didn’t believe it would be undefeated going into its sectional opener.Mason (23-0) is the only undefeated team remaining in the state coaches’ association ranked poll in any division. The Comets won their second straight Greater Miami Conference title this spring.
“We just got to keep playing efficient baseball,” said Gray, who has over 760 career wins … They are great kids to work with.”
Mason opens the Division I sectional tournament at home against Northwest at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Senior Andrew McDonald (Virginia Tech) is expected to start Thursday, Gray said. McDonald has a team-leading 56 strikeouts and three shutouts, according to the GMC website.
Mason is not only No. 1 in the Division I state coaches’ poll, but the Comets are ranked No. 19 nationally by the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings.
The Comets are hitting .371 as a team and have a 1.38 ERA as a pitching staff. Besides McDonald, pitchers TJ Zeuch (Pittsburgh), Rodney Hutchison and Seth Bowles (Ohio Dominican) have been very efficient. Zeuch is 6-0 with an 0.80 ERA.
Offensively, Mason has been led by several players, including RJ Thompson (.500 batting average), Lee Sponseller (.431), Drew Johnson (.431) and Connor Bryan (.404).
“Coming into the season, everyone knew Mason had the pitching (Zeuch, McDonald, Bowles, Hutchison) to have a successful season, but their offense has been the big surprise this year,” said Chris Valentine, director of Ohio scouting for Prep Baseball Report.
“They have shown excellent depth in their lineup with six players hitting above .350.”
Senior Connor McVey, the 2012 GMC player of the year, has been the “glue that holds us together,” according to Gray.
“He has made numerous great defensive plays at opportune times at shortstop to get big outs in critical innings,” Gray said. “He also has had several key hits for us.”