Ostrander’s Mohar and late charge holds off Sheddy’s

Written by Bob on August 7th, 2014

080714-MoharMarkOstrander.5web Mark Mohar pitched a complete game in leading Ostrander, Minn. to a 6-2 victory over Sheddy’s (Wisc.) in the opening game for both teams in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA /Il – Mark Mohar doggedly hung in waiting for his team to put some runs on the board and get some breathing room from a tough Sheddy’s (Wisc.) ball club.

Finally in the sixth, Mohar got the runs he needed when Ostrander (Minn.) scored four times to pull away from a 2-2 tie and on to a 6-2 victory in the opening game for both teams in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division, Thursday.

Winning is a concept that Mohar, 30, has enjoyed quite a bit lately. Just last weekend Ostrander went undefeated, winning four straight games to claim the Minnesota Sports Federation Class B State Championship.

Mohar pitched all four of the state tourney games and he will be seeing a lot of the ball along with stable mate, Michael Jamieson, during the 36-team A-Major tournament. But Mohar is confident he will not have to be a one-man, do-it-all show.

“There’s not one guy that does it for us; it’s a team effort,” said Mohar, the son of George Mohar, who still at the age of 69 is pitching in the Masters Division. “This is our third weekend playing in a row. I just try and stay within myself, use my drop ball and hit my spots.”

Mohar did that pretty well against Sheddy’s. In seven innings he allowed two runs on five hits and struck out eight.

The only damage came early as Sheddy’s scored two in the top of the first on Chris Thousand’s two-run homer. Kyle Reimenapp tripled with one out to set up Thousand’s blast.

Sheddy’s threatened in the second with runners on second and third, but Mohar struck out Caleb Shores to end the threat and the inning. Over the final five innings, the right-hander allowed but a single in the seventh by Luke Sander, and induced nine ground ball outs with his drop ball.

Ostrander scored single runs in the second and third to tie the game. And then put up four in the sixth highlighted by RBI singles by Luke King and Nate Agard.

Agard also had an RBI hit in the second that tied the game and finished 3 for 3 to lead Ostrander’s 10-hit attack.

“He made a couple of big plays in the outfield, too,” Mohar said, adding that he started playing fastpitch as a bat boy for his Dad’s team and then gradually moved into the pitcher’s circle in 2004.

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