Central Ohio Huddle: Postseason tournaments, levies dominate news


Central Ohio Huddle

A mix of good and bad news was the verdict from central Ohio over the past week. The good is the regular-season, except for a few scattered makeup
dates, is in the rearview mirror for baseball, softball and tennis as
the tournament is currently underway. The bad news came on the levy front.

A mix of good and bad news was the verdict from central Ohio over the past week.

The good is the regular-season, except for a few scattered makeup dates, is in the rearview mirror for baseball, softball and tennis as the tournament is currently underway. Hebron Lakewood in Division III and Danville in Division IV are seeking to defend thier state softball championships from a year ago. In baseball, Canal Winchester is seeded first and looking to advance back to the Final Four for the second straight season.

The bad news came on the levy front. Southwestern City Schools, comprised of Grove City, Central Crossing, Westland and Franklin Heights high schools, witnessed a 8-3-mill levy fail, which meant the district would have to follow through cutting extra-curricular activities, including sports, to help balance the budget. Reynoldsburg also saw its levy fail, resulting in an $800 pay-to-participate fee.


Jake Vinkovich, Circleville baseball: Vinkovich had a dominating performance in the tournament opener against Miami Trace, fanning 10 batters and allowing three hits and an earned run. He also helped his own cause with three hits and a RBI. The Circleville senior added three RBIs in a Mid-State League Buckeye Division victory over Hamilton Township over the weekend, and a double and single in a win over rival Logan Elm last Friday.


Big Walnut, girls track: The Golden Eagles won five of 17 events to cruise to a title at the first Delaware County championship meet. Three individual titles were won by Laura Kelly in the high jump at 5-2, Julia Evans in the long jump in 15-10, Brea Medlock in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.06. The team also won the 4x4m and 4x2m relays.


Fisher for Fisher: Matt Fisher was introduced on Monday as the new head coach of the Fisher Catholic varsity boys basketball program. Fisher was an assistant coach at neighboring Lancaster High School last season, and has 15 years of coaching experience. His last head coaching job was two years at New Lexington.

New boss at North Union:
Natalie Herring was selected as the new head coach for the varsity girls basketball team at North Union.

Falcons rising:
One of the first tournament upsets happened on Monday as a two-run tater from Brad Levin sent No. 8 Fairfield Union past No. 1 north sectional seed Hillsboro 2-1 in a Division II Southeast District tournament game. Ross Householder allowed four hits and struckout five in a complete game performance.

Nice comeback:
With Harvest Prep leading 6-0 in a Division IV Central District baseball tournament game, Ridgedale came back with 11 unanswered runs to advance in tournament play. Dustin Stanley had a two-run single and Kegan Barlow had a two-run homer to help ignite the comeback.

Streak over:
The Liberty Union softball team saw its 21-game winning streak come to an end on Monday as West Jefferson edged the Lions 2-1 in a Mid-State League Cardinal Division game. Liberty Union, now 21-2, already had wrapped up the league title, outscoring its opponents 210-22 thus far this season.

Complete cycle:
Logan Elm freshman Anthony Vagnier hit for the cycle and drove in four runs as the Braves upended Sheridan 11-7 in a Division II Southeast District sectional baseball game. When Vagnier pulled into third base with an early triple in the game, he asked Logan Elm coach Ted Dille if that was alright.

The response: “I said that’ll do,” Dille said.

Sharing mood:
Hamilton Township and Teays Valley shared the Mid-State League boys tennis title for the second consecutive year after the league tournament over the weekend. The two schools split a pair of championship singles matches for the tie, including TV’s Wesley Maher winning second singles. Teays Valley’s Brett Passen was picked as league player of the year.

Newark Catholic, Hebron Lakewood wrap-up titles:
Newark Catholic split a doubleheader with Mid-State League Ohio Division rival Granville over the weekend to clinch the baseball league title. Miles Richardson did a little of everything for the Green Wave, checking Granville to just four hits on the mound, and helped his own cause with three hits, including a home run, and scored four runs.

In softball, Lakewood scored eight runs in the sixth inning on Monday in a 14-0 victory over Whitehall that allowed the Lancers to clinch its at least a share of its fifth consecutive MSL-Ohio softball title. Chelsea Brewer and Alyssa Patznick drove in three runs each.


Mount Vernon softball at Teays Valley, Central District sectional game, today at 5:30 p.m.: The Yellow Jackets come into the game at 15-7, following a no-hitter by Kylee Marcum led Mount Vernon past Westerville Central 4-0 in the Division I tourney opener. Teays Valley is 21-5 on the season and finished second in the Mid-State League Buckeye.

Logan Elm baseball at Circleville, Southeast District sectional game, Thursday at 5 p.m.: The two Pickaway County rivals split their pair of regular-season meetings, as the visitor prevailed in both meetings. Circleville is the defending Division II district champion.

Mid-State League Buckeye track meet, Friday at 6 p.m. at Hamilton Township: Canal Winchester is a strong contender in both boys and girls. Fairfield Union and Teays Valley boys and Circleville girls are also leading contenders.

Division I Central District softball tournament, May 18 and 20 at Pickerington Central High School: Loaded comes to mind talking about Division I softball in the Central District. Monday will witness six district semifinal games on four diamonds at either 2:30 or 5 p.m. at Central. Three district titles will be contested for a week from today at 5 p.m.

Division II Central District baseball tournament, May 18 and 20 at Dublin Scioto and Hilliard Davidson high schools: Watch for a potential rematch of rivals DeSales and Watterson in a district title game on May 20 at Hilliard Davidson, along with a potential interdivision Mid-State League matchup between Canal Winchester and Hebron Lakewood for a district title May 20 at Scioto.

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