Central Ohio Huddle: Rival helps nemesis win championship; seven straight titles and five tennis finalists


Central Ohio Huddle

League championships were awarded and track teams got one final week of
work in before league tournaments begin in the sport over the past week.
On the baseball diamond, a Pickaway County team helped their archrival
win a share of a league title. And in Fairfield County, a Mid-State
League Cardinal Division team finished a quality league campaign.

League championships were awarded and track teams got one final week of work in before league tournaments begin in the sport over the past week. On the baseball diamond, a Pickaway County team helped their archrival win a share of a league title. And in Fairfield County, a Mid-State League Cardinal Division team finished a quality league campaign.

On the softball diamond, a Licking County team doesn’t have to worry about term limits as it rolled to a seventh consecutive league championship. And a team from Fairfield County collected two non-league wins over larger division opponents.

Teams from Union, Licking and Franklin counties turned in good performances in track, and a Dublin school wrapped up an Ohio Capital Conference divisional title in tennis.

Sectional play begins this week in baseball, softball and tennis across central Ohio, and there are some first week matchups to watch.


Watkins Memorial boys track: The Warriors warmed up for the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division track meet this week by posting 150 points to run away with the 11-team Teays Valley Viking Invitational.

Watkins Memorial captured five first-place finishes, led by Brandon Harrison winning the 110 hurdles in 14.74 and the 300 hurdles in 42.01. Emory George took the discus in 138-11 feet, Cody Chaney won the long jump in 20-09.5 feet, and the 400 relay of Chaney, Christian McGee, Tyler Guzik and Devonte Marable posted a time of 46.12.


Zach Wolfe, Westfall baseball: Wolfe earned two wins to improve his record to 10-0 on the season. The Westfall junior turned in his most impressive performance by allowing hot-hitting Adena just one earned run in an 8-3 Scioto Valley Conference win that allowed the Mustangs to clinch their first conference crown since 2005. Wolfe, pitching on two days rest, allowed nine hits, a walk and punched out seven batters. Wolfe also earned a win against Grove City Christian, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.


A helping hand: Teays Valley proved that one rival can help out another. The Vikings’ baseball team upset Canal Winchester 3-2 in 10 innings as a bases loaded walk to Aaron McKinney scored Cole Bowling. The win allowed Teays Valley’s archrival Circleville, which beat Amanda-Clearcreek 9-6, to share the Mid-State League Buckeye title with Canal Winchester. In their win over Canal Winchester, the Vikings received nine stout innings from Dylan Vincent and an inning on the hill from Kevin Packard. Ryan Wall hit a solo home run, scored a run on a sacrifice fly from Cole Cunningham and had two hits.

Circleville scored eight runs in its first two at-bats against Amanda-Clearcreek and collected 10 hits in the win, led by Evan Whitten with three hits and John Klinebriel collecting two hits and three RBI. Cole Sherman added a double and four RBI.

Irish harnesses Cardinal:
The Fisher Catholic baseball team wrapped up a 13-1 mark in the Mid-State League Cardinal Division with a 13-7 win over Grandview Heights. The league champion Irish were led by Donson Dearth striking out 11 batters in a complete-game performance. Fisher Catholic collected 17 hits – 15 of them by the single variety – and were led by Sam Kessler going 5-for-5.

Make it seven:
The Lakewood softball team wrapped up its seventh consecutive Mid-State Ohio Division championship with a 1-0 win over county rival Licking Valley.

The defending state champions, who have moved up to Division II this season, were led by Alyssa Patznick throwing a three-hitter and punching out six Licking Valley batters. Caitlin Houk had two hits to lead Lakewood, including a triple in the first-inning to score Brayan Gault.

The U:
The Liberty Union softball team, already with another Mid-State League Cardinal Division title in hand, completed a successful weekend by beating Canal Winchester and Dublin Coffman to improve to 21-4 on the season.

Jayce Born went 3-for-3 with four runs to help the Lions to an 11-3 win over Canal Winchester. Leanna Bachman and McKenzie Bonner each chipped in two hits.

Jessica McCormick went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a 5-4 win over Coffman. Bachman earned her second win of the day in the pitching circle.

Marysville wins title:
Marysville edged Watkins Memorial 117.5-116 to capture the girls title at the 10-team Teays Valley Viking Invitational.

Marysville won just two events – the 1600 behind Brooke Brown’s 5:40.3 and the 1600 relay with Emily Sattler Anna Mogelnicki, Kylee Tuchfarber and Kate Francisco posting a 4:33.52, but the Monarchs showed off depth in several events to pick up important secondary points. Marysville finished second and third in the 800 run (Brown and Sattler) and the 300 hurdles (Katie Helfrich and Tuchfarber), and was also second in the high jump (Francisco).

Bishop Hartley, Hilliard Darby top field at Bradley:
The winners of the first Hilliard Bradley Invitational are Bishop Hartley in the girls’ field and crosstown rival Darby in the boys’ field.

Hartley captured eight first-place finishes, including winning the 400, 800 and 1600 relays. Chelsea Scott swept the hurdles, taking the 100 in 14.75 and the 300 in 47.85. Chesna Sykes won the 100 in 11.96 and Aisha Cavin won the 200 in 25.35. Dani Brooks topped the discus in 93-11 feet, as Hartley collected 143 points in the 10-team event.

Darby amassed 107 points in the 13-team boys event, led by Jay Mckenna taking the 1600 in 4:51.53, Alex Davis winning the 300 hurdles in 41.29, Erik Greene claiming the long jump in 20-08 feet and the 3200 relay team of Eric Mescher, Denton Thompson, Landon Erb and Mckenna topping the field in 8:51.92.

Tennis comeback:
The Circleville boys tennis team trailed Bloom-Carroll by four points entering the MSL-Buckeye Division tournament, but erased the deficit and won its first league title since 2006 by advancing to the finals in all five events. The Tigers amassed 13 points at the tournament and won three events as Phillip Locklear, Casey Lockard and Kevin McCrady each won a singles event.

Dublin Jerome collects title:
Dublin Jerome edged Olentangy Liberty 77-76 in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division boys tennis tournament, led by Kent Seitz beating Liberty’s Mitchell Lothes 6-4 and 6-3 at second singles. Jerome teammate Ryuji Odajima beat Alexander Hathaway of Liberty 6-1 and 6-2, and Jonathan Moshiri and Jared Judson won 6-3 and 7-5 at second doubles over Vick Chhabria and Jake Kallenbach.


Mid-State League Buckeye track tournament, Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m. at Bloom-Carroll: Look for Canal Winchester to be the favorite to win the boys and girls championships.

Hilliard Darby at Teays Valley, Division I Central District tournament game, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.:
A rematch of last season’s regional championship game. Teays Valley has won 16 straight games and was the champion from the MSL-Buckeye. Hilliard Darby lost star pitcher Kellie Roudabush to Bradley when the Hilliard City Schools opened its newest high school this season.

Tri-Valley at Mount Vernon baseball, Wednesday at 5 p.m.:
A quality first week matchup in the tournament with two of the top 11 seeds in Division I. A ticket to the district semifinal round is on the line.

Ohio Capital Conference Ohio track tournament, Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Pickerington North:
Perhaps the strongest league tournament in the Central District involving teams like Pickerington North and Central, Reynoldsburg and Gahanna who all have shined this season.

Division I Central District boys tennis meet, Wednesday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby and Davidson, Pickerington Central and Upper Arlington:
Some of the top players from across the area start their postseason

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