KENWOOD – An eighth state baseball title for Moeller High School has led to a busy summer for the Crusaders.
Just two days after thumping Westerville Central in the Division I final at Huntington Park in Columbus, head coach Tim Held had his baseball camp at the school, with the state champions on hand for instruction. Because of the team’s success, the camp was two sessions each day.
In addition to his players’ summer ball commitments, Moeller was honored before the Cincinnati Reds game July 20 and stood before Montgomery City Council July 22. Sycamore Township will extend the “glad hand” Aug. 6 and a visit to the Statehouse in Columbus is in the works for September.
As skipper of the powerful ship off Montgomery Road, Tim Held has now tied his predecessor, Mike Cameron, with four state titles. This year’s crown also earned him Coach of the Year honors from the Greater Catholic League-South, the Enquirer and the local coaches association. Prep Baseball Report named him Division I state Co-Coach of the Year, with his cousin, Tom Held from Defiance.
“Here lately it’s been good for the family,” Held said chuckling.
The notoriety has led to an invite to coach the East team at the Perfect Game All-American contest in San Diego Aug. 16. The game will be shown live on the MLB Network at 8 p.m. EST from Petco Park.
The Perfect Game organization became familiar with Held’s work at Moeller when the Crusaders visited their location in Georgia early in the spring.
“With the history of our program they looked around and followed us through the season,” Held said. “Our spring tournament was at their new place and we went down and won. That didn’t hurt. Once they put all that into play, they went ahead and asked me.”
Moeller is already planning a return trip to the complex outside of Atlanta next spring.
“All the fields are turf,” Held said. “When we went down they had four open and now they have eight. It was good competition. There ended up being three state champions in our 10-team tournament, so we’re going to go back.”
The week by the Pacific Ocean will also include a welcome dinner, practice at the University of San Diego and a lunch at the beach house of former Padres closer (and one-time Red) Trevor Hoffman.
Despite the success of his team, Held is the only representative from Ohio involved in the game. The players involved will be 2016 grads considered the best of the best by Perfect Game.
“Looking at past reports, no pitcher threw less than 92 miles per hour last year,” Held said. “They definitely identify the right guys and a number of them will be drafted next June.”
Though he’s been lauded for his managerial efforts, Held isn’t considering job-hopping anytime soon. He’s often asked about college interest, but is content to be in blue and gold.
“Moeller’s the best high school job in this entire area,” Held said.
More information on the game is located on the event website: http://www.perfectgame.org/allamerican/.