Dublin Coffman High School baseball coach Tim Saunders has won a lot of games by allowing his athletes to be aggressive on the base paths and forcing opposing defenses into mistakes.

Dublin Coffman High School baseball coach Tim Saunders has won a lot of games by allowing his athletes to be aggressive on the base paths and forcing opposing defenses into mistakes.

That strategy didn't pay off for the eighth-seeded Shamrocks in a 1-0 Division I district semifinal loss to second-seeded Dublin Jerome May 20 at Jerome.

Two Coffman runners were thrown out trying to score from second. Clayton Vranic was out at home in the third inning, and Matt DiThomas was caught in a run-down between third and home for the game's final out.

"We only had two hits all game, so we tried to make something happen when we had runners in scoring positions," Saunders said.

"When you force the other team to do something, sometimes good things happen, but unfortunately, Jerome made the plays they needed to make."

The Shamrocks finished 18-12 for their highest win total since 2005.

Coffman went 5-0 during its season-opening trip to Cocoa, Fla., beating Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway 3-0 in its fifth game.

"The Florida trip was the highlight of our season," center fielder Austin Cousino said. "We played our best baseball there and had a good time."

The Shamrocks finished sixth in the OCC-Central Division at 7-7, behind Worthington Kilbourne (12-2), Upper Arlington (11-3), Hilliard Darby (8-6), Hilliard Davidson (8-6) and Thomas Worthington (8-6), and ahead of Central Crossing (2-12) and Westland (0-14).

"We're disappointed in our league finish, because we thought we could win it after we won our first four OCC games, but then we went 3-7 to let it slip away," Saunders said.

The Shamrocks will lose seven seniors who started multiple games in Danny Buford (P), Colton Caldwell (P/1B), Kyle Frazier (C), Alex Parker (P), Jeff Welin (OF), Michael Young (SS/2B) and Tommy Zigo (3B).

Frazier batted .418 with two home runs and 22 RBI and was first-team all-district and all-league. Parker was 4-2 on the mound with 29 strikeouts in 38 innings and a 1.84 ERA and was second-team all-league.

Caldwell batted .396 with three home runs and 14 RBI and was special mention all-league. And Zigo batted .413 with four RBI and was honorable mention all-league.

Nine players who started multiple games are expected to return in juniors Cousino, Matt Davis (3B), DiThomas (RF/2B), Adam Hall (P), Ryan Leffel (SS), Thomas Ludwig (1B), Steven Panchyshyn (DH) and Jacob Plecki (LF), and sophomore Clayton Vranic (CF/RF).

Panchyshyn batted .514 with three home runs and 15 RBI, Leffel batted .348 with two home runs and 12 RBI, Ludwig batted .345 with seven RBI, Plecki batted .314 with 11 RBI and Davis batted .296 with 10 RBI.

On the mound, Hall went 4-2 with 44 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings and a 3.44 ERA.

Cousino, who is being recruited by several Division I college coaches, missed all but two games while recovering from a torn left labrum.

"We've got a lot of guys who had good years coming back, and we've got a good freshman group and four or five sophomores who should help us next year," Saunders said. "Getting Austin back healthy in our lineup should help a lot, too."

At a glance •Record: 18-12 overall, 7-7 (sixth) in OCC-Central •Seniors lost: Danny Buford, Colton Caldwell, Greg Fox, Kyle Frazier, Alex Parker, Jeff Welin, John Wurm, Michael Young and Tommy Zigo •Key returnees: Austin Cousino, Adam Hall and Ryan Leffel