The Canal Winchester High School softball team played Dresden Tri-Valley last Wednesday in a Division II regional semifinal, with the winner advancing to a regional final Saturday against Logan Elm or Byesville Meadowbrook.

The Canal Winchester High School softball team played Dresden Tri-Valley last Wednesday in a Division II regional semifinal, with the winner advancing to a regional final Saturday against Logan Elm or Byesville Meadowbrook.

Before last Wednesday, Logan Elm was 16-11 and Meadowbrook was 19-7. The regional winner will advance to the state tournament, which will begin June 5 at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

Canal Winchester earned its second consecutive district title with a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Big Walnut on May 21 at Pickerington Central.

Big Walnut opened with three runs in the first inning, two of which came on a single by Tayler Nance, and led 5-0 after three innings. In the same time period, Canal Winchester had no hits and just one base-runner.

"To come out with three runs in the first and put one up in the second and one up in the third and to have (Amy Butts) pitching, I felt pretty comfortable," Big Walnut coach Jeff Hatfield said.

"But I was worried about us being content. I knew we didn't have enough."

Canal Winchester got things going in the fourth when a two-run double by Emily Hall cut the deficit to three.

"You could feel the difference," coach Randy Hinton said.

"(The players') confidence was boosted and it was like, all of a sudden, they knew they could win."

The Indians scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to complete the comeback. In the fifth inning, Hannah Toler drew a walk with the bases loaded and later Andi Smith hit a sacrifice. In the sixth, Emily Wynkoop hit a double that scored Hall and Sidney Fox.

Hinton brought in Natalie Dixon in the fifth to pitch and she closed the game for the Indians as she struck out five batters and gave up three hits and no runs.

"When you're in a district final and you're down five runs, not too many teams are going to come back from that," Hinton said. "We were worried there the first few innings."

Canal Winchester beat DeSales 4-3 in nine innings in a district semifinal May 19. The Indians held off a late rally by the Stallions, then Hall scored the winning run on an attempted pick-off play at third that went over the head of DeSales third-baseman Amanda Herron.

"(DeSales catcher Mary Wickert) took an aggressive chance and I'm glad we did that. It's something we want to run all the time," DeSales coach Julie Barber said.

"We ran a pickoff play earlier and I'm not sure everybody got the signals right. But my catcher did all the right things."

The Indians scored first, getting two runs on a double by Wynkoop that scored Fox and Angela Steube.

The Indians took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Amanda Grace, who was courtesy running for Smith, scored from second as Wickert attempted to pick her off but there was nobody covering second base.

DeSales cut the deficit to one in the top of the fifth as Bryn Allen scored on a passed ball. The Stallions tied the game at 3 in the top of the sixth inning as Wickert scored on a squeeze play by Kelsey Albanese.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Canal Winchester softball team:

May 19 -- Defeated DeSales 4-3 in nine innings in Division II district semifinal

May 21 -- Def. Big Walnut 6-5 in district final

Last Wednesday -- Played Dresden Tri-Valley in regional semifinal. Thewinner will play in a regional final Saturday at Pickerington Central against Logan Elm or Byesville Meadow-brook.

Of note: The Indians were 23-7 before last Wednesday.