For the second consecutive year, the Bexley High School baseball team had its season end with a loss to Jonathan Alder.
A year ago, the Lions fell to the Pioneers 12-6 in a district semifinal. This time, Bexley lost to Jonathan Alder 5-1 in a Division II district final May 22 at Beavers Field in Lancaster.
Bexley was looking for its first district title since 1998.
"We walked a few guys, we made a few errors and without getting timely hits in certain situations, it made it tough," said coach Tom Marker, whose team had four errors. "The fact that we weren't hitting I think toppled over on the defensive side and then we didn't make some key plays.
"(The Pioneers) are a well-coached team. They're going to score runs if you give them opportunities."
Josh Shapiro drove in Bexley's run with a two-out double in the third inning to make it 3-1. Will Davis had a pair of hits for the Lions, who finished 21-8.
Casey Graber and Luke Nees each had a hit and an RBI for the Pioneers, who took a 3-0 lead after two innings and added a pair of runs in the fifth. Jonathan Alder, which advanced to the state final last spring, moved on to a regional semifinal Thursday, May 29, at Wright State.
Mitchell Eye tossed a complete game for the second-seeded Pioneers, allowing one run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Marshall Drewry took the loss for third-seeded Bexley, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings.
"I'm proud of our guys, we just got beat," Marker said. "They were a better team tonight."
The Lions reached the district final by beating fifth-seeded Licking Valley 6-2 on May 20 at Worthington Kilbourne.