He’s been making the Moeller High School baseball lineup card since 2008 and has now reached a new milestone in coaching.
When Moeller defeated Anderson 10: 5 on Saturday, Tim Held quietly achieved 300 victories as the skipper of the always dangerous Crusaders.
From a math point of view, most schools would consider a 20-win season to be successful. If you simply string together 15 such seasons, you will reach 300. Held did this in its 14th season and actually eliminated it in 13 since 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. From May 16, 2019 to March 29, 2021, he was stuck with 297 wins.
For another perspective, Held, who happens to be a math teacher, guesses that if he tried to overshadow his predecessor Mike Cameron’s career brand, he would be in his mid-80s. Cameron led Moeller to national championship titles in 1972, 1989, 1993 and 2004 and achieved 767 victories. It didn’t hurt that he had a pair of Hall of Famers like Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. on the way, in addition to a host of others hitting the big leagues like Buddy and David Bell and Adam Hyzdu.
“Can I come halfway (to 767)?” Said hero with a laugh.
Held does not remember all 300 triumphs, but a few jogged in his memory.
“I remember there were four really big ones,” Held said proudly, considering his own four state titles in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
The first “W” came in 2008 during his inaugural season as head coach.
“It was against St. X,” recalled Held. “We actually moved it from Crosley (Blue Ash) to Riverfront (adjoining field) which was a dirty infield at the time. The weather was bad and we had to play.”
Held was in his mid-30s before taking his first win when the Crusaders used a fourth run of five runs to come in from behind and hit the bombers. He would finish with 25 wins that first season.
Those who made the majors and played for Held at Moeller are pitchers Brent Suter, Alex Wimmers and Phillip Diehl. Suter actually threw and drove in three runs in Held’s first manager victory.
Some crusaders might still get their shot, like Riley Mahan and Zach Logue (ex-Kentucky players) and Nick Bennett (ex-Louisville). Cameron Junker is expected at the pirate organization and hero that Tyler McDonough (2018) will be drafted as an All-ACC actor in the state of North Carolina.
From 2008 to 2015, Held’s Crusaders made it to at least the regional level of the tournament and brought home four state championships.
“You can use it to play more games,” said Held. “Two seasons with 30 wins (32 in 2013, 31 in 2015) I never thought this would happen to the competition we play in the GCL and the local schools. With that you are in achieving this Type really ahead of the curve milestone. “
More wins are sure to be in the future as the Crusaders have another talented line-up that includes four sophomores. Junior Nate Earley and sophomore Clay Burdette are already Ohio State engagements, with sophomore CJ Richard maintaining offerings from most of the Power Five conferences.
Moeller shared the GCL-South 2019 with Elder and St. Xavier. Your current seniors and juniors were in their sophomore year and first year, respectively. In fact, this is the first uni season for the 2021 roster.