Central Ohio Huddle: Upset specials, track titles, perfect games and Pickaway County rivals clash

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Central Ohio Huddle

While rain has taken some toll on the baseball and softball tournament
schedule, it could not prevent upsets. Rolling into the district round
of the baseball tournament, Hilliard Davidson beat top-seed Grove City
in Division I
and Bishop Ready knocked off Fredericktown, the top-seed
in D-III
. On the softball diamonds, the No. 1 seeds are still alive, but
that doesn’t mean upsets haven’t happened…


While rain has taken some toll on the baseball and softball tournament schedule, it could not prevent upsets. Rolling into the district round of the baseball tournament, Hilliard Davidson beat top-seed Grove City in Division I and Bishop Ready knocked off Fredericktown, the top-seed in D-III. On the softball diamonds, the No. 1 seeds are still alive, but that doesn’t mean upsets haven’t happened…Dresden Tri-Valley knocked off fourth-seed Central Crossing and Hilliard Darby ended Teays Valley’s 17-game winning streak with a 5-4 win over the eighth-seeded Vikings.

And then there was plenty of track as the Ohio Capital Conference and Mid-State League mega conferences held their annual league meets.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Olentangy Liberty, boys track: The Patriots rolled to the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division boys championship with 142 points. Olentangy Liberty was led by Joey Uhle winning the 110 hurdles in 15.02 and the 300 hurdles in 39.13 and the pole vault at 15-06 feet. Joey battled with brother Chris in a jump off for the pole vault title as both have set state records over the course of the season. Chris Uhle captured the 800 in 1:58.99.

The Patriot 800 relay team of Tyler Black, Kyle Pettay, Kadell Nevel and Kevin Huston posted a winning time of 1:30.71.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sam Webb, North Union softball: Webb tossed a perfect game for the top-ranked team in the state in Division III and added two singles as North Union advanced to the district round of the tournament with a 11-0 win over visiting Madison-Plains in Central District tournament action. Webb fanned six batters in the game, which was shortened to five innings due to the run rule. North Union now stands at 22-3 on the season.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Steady Lancers: The second-seeded Lakewood baseball team rolled of 13 hits and scored four runs in its first at-bat to defeat Highland 12-2 in a six-inning Division II Central District semifinal game at Dublin Coffman. Lakewood, which had its 20-game winning streak snapped in a late regular season loss to top-seed Jonathan Alder, is definitely back on the beam. The Lancers, now 24-4, were led by Bryan White scoring three times, knocking in two runs and going 3-for-3. Justin White was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Travis Lester and Brandon Wesney each added two hits.

The War Path:
Pitching and defense? They are secondary right now for the Olentangy baseball team. The Braves had their bats out in a Division II Central District semifinal game at Dublin Coffman collected 10 hits to upset fourth-seed DeSales 12-11. Leading 10-7 in the seventh, the Braves (15-15) added two key insurance runs as Tyler McFarland and Justin Gingery each worked a walk with the bases loaded. Olentangy jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second as Sean Leonard had a two-run double, Ryan Berkery and Kenny McCambridge followed with RBI singles and Chris Janssen closed the scoring frame with a two-run single.

McCambridge followed with RBI singles and Chris Janssen closed the scoring frame with a two-run single.

Pickaway final set:
The rivalry between Circleville and Logan Elm high schools is about to get even more intense. Circleville beat Warren 10-7 and Logan Elm topped Athens 10-7 in Southeast District tournament action to set up a district championship game between the two rivals. The two teams split their regular season games as Logan Elm won the first meeting 6-5 and Circleville prevailed in the second game 10-3.

Logan Elm (18-8) rallied from a 7-4 deficit, highlighted by a two-run home run from Caleb Angus in the fifth to regain the lead for good at 8-7. Angus, Adam Blake and Josh Boesiger each had two hits for the Braves. Caleb Sollars pitched three scoreless, no-hit innings of relief and punched out four batters to earn the win.

Circleville (19-10) took advantage of five Warren errors in the first three innings to grab a 10-1 lead. The Tigers scored seven of those runs in the second, all with two outs. Reily Kiser went 4-for-4 for Circleville and K.C. Hawkins, Hunter Young, Kyle Dickey and Cole Sherman each had two hits.

Stack of Aces:
Dominant pitching performances from Spencer Chetnetski and Jordan Doone allowed the Amanda-Clearcreek baseball team to upset Centerburg 5-3 and sixth-seed North Union 3-2. Chetnetski, who hit a two-strike three-run home run against Centerburg, allowed seven hits, one walk, one earned run and struck out eight batters. Jordan Doone allowed eight hits, two walks and struck out three batters in the win over North Union for 14-12 Amanda-Clearcreek.

Monarch rally:
The Marysville softball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to keep its season alive with a 3-2 win over Westerville South in a Division I Central District tournament game. Marysville, now 22-7, scored two runs in the seventh to force extra innings. Arika Mowery scored the game winning run in the eighth for the champions from the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division.

Drought over:
Sarah Heiman hit a decisive three-run home run to clinch Northridge’s first district semifinal appearance since 1999 with a 3-1 Division III Central District tournament win over host Bloom-Carroll. Kimber Hazlett allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out 13 batters.

Davidson sweeps OCC-Central meet:
Hilliard Davidson boys and girls track swept the Ohio Capital Conference Central Division meet as the girls posted 136.5 points and the boys tallied 136 points.

Davidson was strong in the field events with four wins, led by Alex Bauer taking the discus in 96-08 feet and the shot put in 30-11.25 feet. Taylor Brown won the pole vault at 10 feet and Rachel Trautman took the long jump in 16-10.5 feet.

Jessica Hoover was also strong for the Wildcats in distance events, winning the 1600 in 5:01.47 in a new meet record and the 3200 in 11:34.

On the boys side, Davidson was led by Nathan Moore winning the 1600 in 4:19.72 and the 3200 in 9:45.54 and Kyle Miller winning the 110 hurdles in 14.76 and the 300 hurdles in 39.33.

Gahanna, Pickerington North top OCC-Ohio:
The Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division meet was a split with Gahanna capturing the girls title with 171 points and Pickerington North taking the boys title, also with 171 points.

Gahanna won three of the four relay events as Tianna Morris, Stephanie Stewart, Myeshia Parker and Lynnsey Brim took the 400 relay in 48.5; Abby Grooms, Kassy Thomas, Parker and Dajanae Gaston won the 800 relay in 1:44.41 and Haley Schmitt, Thomas, Meghan McGuff and KayKay Garber grabbed the 3200 relay title in 9:55.8.

Garber also won the 1600 in 5:20.04 and the 3200 in 12:09.44.

On the boys side, Pickerington North won the 400 relay with Tony Traylor, Stephon Goodwin, Bryce Cordova and Alston Robertson posting a 43.95 and the 800 relay of Traylor, Cordova, Justin Young and Dane Willis posted a winning time of 1:31.56.

Daniel Garleb took the 3200 in 9:37.67 and Michae Ballentine won the high jump in 6-08 feet.

ON TAP

Central District Division I track tournament at Dublin Coffman, Wednesday and Thursday at 3:45 p.m. and Saturday at noon.:
Nearly 50 schools will participate at Coffman in the big-school field. Watch for OCC powers from the Ohio Division to fare well in the field.

Central District Division II track tournament at Groveport, today at 3:45 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.:
Look for schools from the Central Catholic League and Mid-State League to fare well, including the Heath girls.

Pickerington Central vs. Olentangy Liberty baseball at Grove City, Thursday at 2 p.m.
: The third-seed Pickerington Central battle No. 7 seed Olentangy Liberty. Central beat Teays Valley 12-1 and Liberty beat Whetstone 16-0 to advance to a Central District Division I semifinal game.

Mount Vernon vs. Pickerington North baseball at Grove City, Thursday at 5 p.m.:
The fifth-seed Mount Vernon advanced to the Central District Division I semifinal game with a 4-3 win over Tri-Valley while North beat Delaware 12-2.

Division I Central District tennis tournament, Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Davidson:
Some of the best players from central Ohio try to clinch berths in the state tennis tournament.

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