Although it fell short of its goals, the Dublin Jerome High School baseball team remained one of the more successful programs in the area this season.

Although it fell short of its goals, the Dublin Jerome High School baseball team remained one of the more successful programs in the area this season.

The Celtics finished 22-8 overall and 10-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to earn a share of the title.

Jerome's season ended with a 10-1 loss to 19th-seeded New Albany in a Division I district final last Friday at Dublin Coffman.

The Eagles, which are competing at Division I for the first time, scored in six of seven innings and pounded out 16 hits.

Joe Morlan hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and added a single to lead New Albany. Demaree Parsons pitched a complete game and allowed five hits.

Junior starting pitcher Trevor Burch took the loss. Jared King closed his career at Jerome with three doubles.

The second-seeded Celtics advanced to the final after a 1-0 win against eighth-seeded Dublin Coffman on May 20 at Jerome. King scored on Garrett Couche's double in the first inning.

Senior Nick Sobel pitched six innings for the win, and King earned the save. The game ended when sophomore second baseman Chase Compton and senior third baseman Alex Schillig trapped Matt DiThomas between third and home in a rundown.

"After a big game like we had (against Coffman), you can expect a letdown," Jerome coach Chris Huesman said of the district final. "We were flat, pitchers left the ball up, we left four guys on base in the first three innings. Mentally we weren't in it."

Jerome, Dublin Scioto and Olentangy Liberty shared the league title, followed by Westerville South (8-6), Marysville (7-7), Westerville North (5-9), Westerville Central (4-10) and Olentangy (2-12).

"This was a fabulous team," Huesman said. "We accomplished a lot this year. We were league champs and had 20 wins again. We fell one game short of getting our three goals, (the other being) a district championship."

The Celtics received several postseason awards, led by King and Schillig, who were first-team all-OCC and all-district. King was the Player of the Year in the OCC-Cardinal and district after batting .574 with 26 RBI.

"This was the best four years of my life," said King, who will join his brother, Jason, at Kansas State. "It was all worth it. I had a great time. We had a great season. We put together a pretty good run."

Schillig batted .427 with 22 RBI. Sobel was first-team all-OCC and second-team all-district. He also was 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 61 strikeouts.

Junior Tim Noe (.313) was second-team all-OCC. Juniors Zach Martin (.342) and Couche (.328) were special mention all-OCC. Sophomore Aaron Huesman, who batted .323 and was 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA, was honorable mention all-OCC. Senior Ryan Longbrake was the team's scholar athlete in the division. Senior Drew Whitson (.312) was honorable-mention all-district.

Huesman was the Coach of the Year in the OCC-Cardinal.

Other players expected to return next season include juniors Scott Bellinger, Christian Briggs (3-0, 2.24 ERA), Kevin Lydic, Alex Mark, Shane McMahon, Michael Parente and Joey Pharis.

At a glance

•Record: 22-8 overall, 10-4 (tied for first) in OCC-Cardinal •Seniors lost: Jared King, Ryan Longbrake, Alex Schillig, Nick Sobel, Nick Streck, Drew Whitson and Tyler Williams •Key returnees: Christian Briggs, Chase Compton, Garrett Couche, Aaron Huesman, Zach Martin and Tim Noe